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Ecuador pulled the plug on Assange’s web privileges
The tale involving everyone’s favourite foreign guest crashing on the couch, Julian Assange, has twisted awkwardly, with the Ecuadorian Government releasing a statement claiming that they were indeed responsible for the removal of his Internet privileges, primarily on the grounds of “non-intervention in the affairs of other countries” claiming that WikiLeaks was directly “impacting the US election campaign”, before unnecessarily mentioning that they show no bias in the US election.
— James Valles (@jamesvalles) October 18, 2016
Which was strange, Ecuador…no-one asked you about who you were voting for. Hmm. Allow me to adjust my tinfoil hat and curious my brow. Perhaps there was a second server, over there, on that grassy null.
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For what it’s worth, the US State Department immediately denied all involvement, claiming “While our concerns about WikiLeaks are longstanding, any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down WikiLeaks is false.” John Kirby, spokesman of the State Department said that any conversations between John Kerry and Ecuador are “simply untrue”. But, and remaining objectively suspicious, they would say that, wouldn’t they.
Strangely, though, within the same statement, Ecuador mentioned that they were standing by WikiLeaks, allowing them to continue their work, and reaffirmed their commitment to the asylum of Assange by “safeguarding his life and physical integrity”. Which sounds a smidge like the harsh parent. We love you Julian, but no Internet until after you’ve finished your election.