Ecuador Has Cut Off Julian Assange's Internet Access At Their London Embassy

Ecuador Punishes WikiLeaks Founder in London Embassy for Political Meddling

Ecuador announced Wednesday that it has cut off Julian Assange's ability to communicate with the outside world, saying the WikiLeaks founder was hurting the nation's relations with other countries.

Officials said Assange's internet access was blocked Tuesday because of his recent activity on social media in which he slammed the arrest of a Catalonian separatist leader.

Assange has resided in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2011, when he sought political asylum in the country.

The decision from the Ecuadorean government came after Mr Assange on Monday used Twitter to challenge Britain's accusation that Russia was responsible for the March 4 nerve agent poisoning of a Russian former double agent in the English city of Salisbury.

In a statement, the Quito authorities explained that Assange's recent posts jeopardise Ecuador's good relations with nations throughout Europe which led to the interrution of his internet access "in order to prevent any potential harm".

The Ecuadorean government is anxious that Assange's use of social media can hurt the "good relations the country keeps with the United Kingdom, other countries in the European Union and other nations", and said it was prepared to take further actions if Assange keeps breaking his commitment.

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The South American nation has repeatedly tried to find a solution that would allow Mr Assange to leave without the threat of arrest, but with no success.

"It's of great regret that Julian Assange remains in the Ecuador embassy", junior minister Alan Duncan said during a question-and-answer session on foreign affairs in Parliament's House of Commons.

Assange may not use the Internet or receive visitors at the embassy, according to Britain's Press Association news agency.

"It's about time that this miserable little worm walked out of the embassy and gave himself up to British justice", he told reporters. Should Ecuador eject him from their embassy, he faces arrest by British authorities and possible extradition.

Assange claimed the allegations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret USA military and diplomatic materials in 2010. Though Sweden dropped the case a year ago, he remains wanted by the United Kingdom for breaching bail.

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