Ecuador says it cut Assange internet over US election leaks

Quito (AFP) – Ecuador said Tuesday it had cut the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up at its London embassy, due to leaks by the anti-secrecy website that could impact the US election.

“The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,” the Ecuadoran foreign ministry said in a statement.

In consequence, the ministry said, it decided to “temporarily restrict” communications at the embassy.

WikiLeaks has published a damaging trove of hacked emails from US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in recent weeks.

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