Enlarge / WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange comes out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London on February 5, 2016.Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images
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Ecuador, the nation that has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the country’s London embassy, said late Tuesday it had cut off Internet access to the site’s leader because of WikiLeaks’ recent dumps of hacked e-mails surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states.
It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,” the government said in a statement. “Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom.

This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.”
Ecuador, however, said it wasn’t revoking the asylum it granted to Assange in 2012.
“Ecuador, in according with its tradition of defending human rights and protecting the victims of political persecution, reaffirms the asylum granted to Julian Assange and reiterates its intention to safeguard his life and physical integrity until he reaches a safe place.”
Assange said Monday that that he had lost Internet access on Saturday after the document-spilling site released e-mails of speeches Clinton made to the Wall Street Investment bank Goldman Sachs.
The WikiLeaks editor and founder has been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since he sought asylum there four years ago to avoid extradition. He has been “detained in absentia” by the Swedish government for questioning on allegations of rape. Other lesser allegations have been dropped because they have passed the time allowed by Sweden’s statute of limitations.
According to Assange’s own September 2013 affidavit, he said that the women he slept with specifically said they were not accusing him of rape and that police “made up the charges.”
Assange suspects the sexual assault probe is potentially a front for the United States to potentially extradite him to the US on potential espionage charges for posting classified US military documents that resulted in the prosecution of Chelsea Manning.
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