WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Internet Shut Down Again

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been disconnected entirely from the Internet at the Ecuadorian embassy where he is arbitrarily detained, and has been forbidden visitations by the order of Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno. “He cannot tweet, speak to the press, receive visitors or make telephone calls,” WikiLeaks tweeted out.

The account further noted that Ecuador demanded Assange remove a specific tweet referencing a foreign political prisoner Carles Puigdemont.

“In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to be extradited,” Assange tweeted.

The cut of Assange’s Internet is due to an alleged breach of an agreement to refrain from interfering in other states’ affairs. WikiLeaks has stated that Assange was never under a gag agreement, calling the allegations “entirely false.”

The action was taken following Assange’s breach of a written agreement signed with the Ecuadorian government at the end of 2017, in which he vowed “not to send messages interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states,” the government said in a statement Wednesday. “The Executive remains open to the possibility of further sanctions in cases of future breaches of the agreements by Assange.”

WikiLeaks believes that the fact their editor is being censored for what Ecuador is stating is “interfering in a state” is a huge step in the direction of “setting a precedent that would outlaw millions of Twitter users, all journalists and more human rights workers.”

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