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US and Ecuador deny conspiring to take Assange offline

US says claims John Kerry asked Ecuador to block internet access to prevent WikiLeaks impacting election are ‘simply untrue’

The governments of the US and Ecuador have denied that they conspired to silence Julian Assange, after the WikiLeaks founder’s internet access was cut off at his London embassy home to stop him releasing damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s US election campaign.

Ecuador confirmed late on Tuesday that it had intervened at the weekend to temporarily restrict Assange’s internet access, pointing to a “wealth” of Wikileaks publications “impacting on the US election campaign” as the reason. Wikileaks has released successive dumps of damaging material over recent months from inside the Democratic party and the Clinton campaign, which the US government has blamed on Russian state hacking.

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