Julian Assange has internet access cut off by Ecuador's Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London in a file

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London in a file

Under the agreement with the Ecuadorian government, Assange is not permitted to disrupt the South American nation's relations with other countries.

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London has chose to shut off Internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying his use of social media is harming the South American country's global relations.

The 46-year-old founder of the publishing platform and anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks has lived in the embassy since 2012, when he took refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape allegation, which he denies.

In a statement, officials said Mr Assange's recent posts "put at risk" the good relations Ecuador maintains with nations throughout Europe and had decided as of Tuesday to suspend his internet access, "in order to prevent any potential harm".

Sweden dropped its probe previous year, but British authorities say they still want to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions.

Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010. Due to this, and in order to prevent potential prejudices, the embassy in London interrupted this 27 of May communications overseas which Assange had access to.

Former Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis and musician Brian Eno said in a statement they had heard "with great concern" about the lost internet access and ban on visitors.

More news: Delhi sealing drive: Major markets closed as traders down shutters
More news: What's in Shire plc (SHPG) After Today's Huge Increase?
More news: Subramanian Swamy Terms Sridevi's Accidental Drowning As 'Murder'

'Only extraordinary pressure from the U.S. and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuador's authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian, ' they said.

He's been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for so long that he's been granted citizenship, but not diplomat status.

He did not help his case when he responded to a British foreign official who referred to Assange as a "miserable little worm", after his tweets.

Kim Dotcom, former owner of the file-sharing company Megaupload, called for Assange's supporters to gather outside the embassy in protest the Ecuadorean government's decision.

"If it does this disgraceful impasse can be resolved tomorrow".

"I have already fully served any theoretical (I haven't been charged) 'bail violation" whilst in prison and under house arrest. WikiLeaks says he has had health problems but has not left to seek treatment for fear of being arrested.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.