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Wikileaks: Julian Assange's internet access 'cut by state actor'

Published 17/10/2016

Julian Assange was visited by Pamela Anderson
Julian Assange was visited by Pamela Anderson
Julian Assange, pictured here with Noam Chomsky, is confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy
John Cusack arrives at the Equadorian Embassy to visit Julian Assange

WikiLeaks says a "state actor" has shut down internet access for its editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

The organisation said in a tweet that it is has activated "contingency plans" after internet access at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was "intentionally severed by a state party".

The internet is one of the few ways for the Australian, who has been holed up in the embassy for more than four years, to contact with the outside world.

Ecuador has reiterated its determination to protect Mr Assange. A source at the Ecuadorian Ministry in Ecuador told the Press Association: "We don't respond to speculation circulating on Twitter.

"Ecuador will continue to protect Julian Assange and uphold the political asylum granted to him in 2012."

On Sunday, WikiLeaks posted three tweets containing references to John Kerry, Ecuador, and the UK Foreign Office alongside a 64-character code.

WikiLeaks has recently been releasing emails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign .

On Saturday WikiLeaks released three transcripts of Mrs Clinton's paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, which her campaign had long refused to release. The leaks revealed that Mrs Clinton told conference she would like to intervene secretly in Syria.

In a 2013 she told employees of the bank in South Carolina: "My view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene. We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can't help themselves.

"They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we're doing and I want credit for it."

Clinton was paid about $225,000 (£185,000) to give the speech. Earlier this month, Assange claimed his organisation would aim to publish documents “every week” in the run up to US Election Day on November 8.

In response to the leaks Clinton’s campaign has made unsubstantiated claims that WikiLeaks is working with Russia.

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On Sunday Mr Assange was visited by former Playboy model Pamela Anderson who expressed concern for him and his family.

The ex-Baywatch star told the Press Association: "I really believe in him and think he's a good person, and I'm concerned about his health, his family, and I just hope that by some miracle he's set free."

Earlier this month Mr Assange said that he was ''a bit pale'' after being asked how his health was after four years without sunlight.

Anderson was pictured entering the central London building on Saturday carrying bags of vegan food.

The 49-year-old animal rights activist said: "I brought him a nice vegan lunch and some vegan snacks", joking: "He said I tortured him with bringing him vegan food".

He is due to be questioned over a sex allegation in Sweden - which he denies. Mr Assange believes that if he goes to Sweden he will be extradited to the United States.

Police officers outside the Embassy of Ecuador, in Knightsbridge, central London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is claiming asylum
Police officers outside the Embassy of Ecuador, in Knightsbridge, central London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is claiming asylum

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