Ecuador says it curtailed WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s web access for US election meddling fears

Ecuador says it curtailed WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's web access for US election meddling fears

Quito: Ecuador’s government acknowledged on Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks who has lived in the South American country’s London embassy since mid-2012.WikiLeaks said Assange lost connectivity on Sunday, sparking speculation Ecuador might have been pressured by the United States due to the group’s publication of hacked material linked to US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of Wikileaks earlier this month. Photo: AP”The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states,” according to a statement released by the government in Quito.”It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favour any particular candidate.”Ecuador’s leftist government said WikiLeaks’ decision to publish documents impacting the US election was entirely its own responsibility, and the country did not want to meddle in election processes or favour any candidate.”In that respect, Ecuador, exercising its sovereign right, has temporarily restricted access to part of its communications systems in its UK Embassy,” it added in a statement.”Ecuador does not cede to pressures from other countries.”Assange was …

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