WikiLeaks claims a state party cut Julian Assange’s internet
If you believe WikiLeaks, someone is trying to silence founder Julian Assange. The truth-through-disclosure group is claiming that a “state party” has cut Assange’s internet access at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It isn’t naming the culprit at this stage, but does say that it has “activated the appropriate contingency plans.” In other words, Assange might not be completely isolated — however, he probably won’t be communicating quite so freely in the foreseeable future.
It’s tempting to pin the cut on the US, which alleges that WikiLeaks is supporting Russian attempts to manipulate the presidential election through database hacks. If you deny Assange his voice, you deny him a chance to skew the vote, right? However, it’s not certain that this is the case. WikiLeaks didn’t respond to the BBC‘s requests for comment, and the embassy says it “cannot disclose” what’s going on. Assuming the cut was deliberate in the first place, there’s no guarantee that it was both a government-backed operation and that the US was behind it. Simply speaking, we need more evidence to reach a definitive conclusion.
Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016