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posted by martyb on Thursday March 29 2018, @07:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the who-ya-gonna-call? dept.

Ecuador cuts off Julian Assange's internet access at London embassy

The government of Ecuador has confirmed that it has cut off internet access in its embassy in London to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, saying that he was putting the country's international relations at risk.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Ecuador said that the step had been taken because Assange had failed to abide by an agreement not to interfere in the South American country's relations with other states.

"The government of Ecuador warns that Assange's behaviour, through his messages on social networks, put at risk the country's good relations with the United Kingdom, the other states of the European Union, and other nations," the statement said.

[...] Ecuador temporarily cut Assange's internet connection in 2016, over fears that he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election, but it was later restored.

Also at the Miami Herald and teleSUR.


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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday March 29 2018, @05:42PM (3 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday March 29 2018, @05:42PM (#660090) Journal

    This episode is another example of how this initial phase of the human struggle for democracy has failed. Snowden, Assange, and Manning are being persecuted for sharing proof of government crimes with citizens. These are not totalitarian states like the People's Republic of China or North Korea we're talking about, but supposed democracies with supposed sacrosanct protections for human rights.

    Criminals are our governments. Justice will never come from them, only from us.

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    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 29 2018, @06:49PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 29 2018, @06:49PM (#660130)

    Well when the elite decide that they need protections against the general public --> electoral college, then yeah the idea of democracy has failed right out the gate. The US system was designed with very little power given to the people. I don't really fault them for the choice, but in this new age of information connectivity we should work on a better system.

    Turns out we need a 3rd branch of government, THE PEOPLE! When you have to say pretty please represent our actual interests congress critter then the system has failed. It is a tough problem, but obviously we need to figure out something better before we implode.

    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday March 29 2018, @06:54PM (1 child)

      by bob_super (1357) on Thursday March 29 2018, @06:54PM (#660132)

      > Turns out we need a 3rd branch of government

      So many people have figured that out, it's been in the US constitution for over 200 years, and in those of most developed countries, too.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 29 2018, @09:43PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 29 2018, @09:43PM (#660216)

        DAMN! 4th! 4th branch!!