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MERGE: wikileaks/Assange's net access cut

Rejected submission by takyon at 2016-10-17 16:26:10
Digital Liberty

The Wikileaks Twitter account has claimed that Julian Assange has had his Internet access deliberately shut down []:

Wikileaks says an unidentified "state actor" has shut down internet access for its founder Julian Assange. The transparency activist has been claiming asylum at London's Ecuadorean embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition over sex assault allegations. There was no way to immediately verify if he had been knocked offline, and if so, how a state actor was suspected. Wikileaks has recently been releasing emails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The anti-secrecy organisation did not return calls and emails on Monday, though it said in a tweet: "We have activated the appropriate contingency plans." A woman who picked up the phone at the Ecuadorean embassy said: "I cannot disclose any information."

[...] According to the latest leaked emails, Mrs Clinton told a Goldman Sachs conference she would like to intervene secretly in Syria. She made the remark in answer to a question from Lloyd Blankfein, the bank's chief executive, in 2013 - months after she left office as secretary of state. "My view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene," she told employees of the bank in South Carolina, which had paid her about $225,000 (£185,000) to give a speech.

The full tweet [] says "Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans." Wikileaks recently released [] Part 9 of the Podesta Emails.

Also at CNET [], Ars Technica [].

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