Collusion Between Ecuador and U.S. Alleged by WikiLeaks

Just as it did on Monday, October 17, WikiLeaks took to Twitter to announce its conclusions into the severing of Julian Assange’s internet service on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The group alleged collusion between Ecuador and the United States as being behind the act.

Assange is said to have lost his ability to connect to the internet on Sunday, Oct. 16, soon after WikiLeaks published speeches made by the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, to Goldman Sachs in private speeches. A statement released by WikiLeaks said, “We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5 pm GMT, shortly after publication of (Hillary) Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speechs (sic).”

As the WikiLeak tweet states, the group suspects the Ecuadorean government agreed to use its influence as the asylum-granter for Assange to prevent publication of any further Clinton documents during the FARC peace negotiations, an agreement, WikiLeaks contends, that occurred during a seret meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sept. 26, 2016 in Columbia.

The FARC peace process is an attempt to negotiate peace between FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to end the conflict in that country.

No statements of admission or denial have been forthcoming from U.S. Officials. Ecuadorean officials remained mum on the issue of Assange’s internet access, but Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long released a statement on Monday that said, “The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain.” providing assurances that his country is continuing to provide asylum in its London embassy for WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, as it has since June 2010.

The assertion of collusion between Ecuador and the United States by WikiLeaks or its supporters is not entirely new. Following Assange’s public video of Oct. 4, 2016, where many had expected the whistleblower to reveal one or more bombshell secrets that would affect the November 8 presidential election, there was already discussion of a meeting between the two countries’ representatives, with allegations the United States was bringing pressure to bear on Ecuador and its influence on WikiLeaks via asylum for Assange.

 


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