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Wikileaks claim Julian Assange's 'internet' cut by Ecuador embassy

Wikileaks have been accused of working with the Russian government [AFP]

Date of publication: 18 October, 2016

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet cut at the Ecuador embassy, after it released documents relating to Hilary Clinton, the group has claimed.

WikiLeaks says that Ecuador has cut the internet connection of its founder Julian Assange, who is hiding out at the country's embassy in London.

The group claims the move was in response to its publication of a trove of documents related to US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton earlier this week.

"We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches," WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

The anti-security website had previously said the internet connection had been "intentionally severed by a state party" in response to the Clinton leaks.

"We have activated the appropriate contingency plans," WikiLeaks wrote earlier on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Ecuadorian embassy in London was not immediately available to comment on WikiLeaks' claims.

Three paid speeches to Goldman Sachs by US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were released by WikiLeaks on Saturday, followed by the publication of further documents on Monday.

Clinton's campaign did not contest the authenticity of the remarks, part of a huge trove of documents hacked from the emails of campaign chairman John Podesta by WikiLeaks.

The Clinton camp has blamed the Russian government for the hacks, a view shared by the US government.

It accused the anti-secrecy website of seeking to help Clinton's Republican rival for the presidency Donald Trump.

Assange has spent more than four years living in Ecuador's embassy in London, to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden over an allegation of rape.

The 45-year-old Australian and his supporters believe the allegation is a guise to have Assange extradited from Stockholm to the US where he could be tried for publishing government secrets.

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