The government officials in Ecuador released a statement on Tuesday admitting that the country partly restricted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet access, as he was meddling with the U.S. presidential election. The action came after WikiLeaks published a cache of leaked documents, including some from the Democratic National Committee (D.N.C.) and from Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta.
Following the action, WikiLeaks official account posted a tweet that blamed a “state party” for “intentionally severing” the internet on Monday morning. Transparency activist Julian Assange, who faces sexual assault allegations, has sought asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012, writes the BBC.
On Saturday, WikiLeaks published three transcripts of Clinton’s paid speech at a Goldman Sachs conference, revealing her close ties with Wall Street, something that has earned her repeated criticism from liberals.
Ecuador said that it respects the principle of not interfering in the electoral process of other states while denying that it acted under any pressure from the U.S. Many allege that Russia is using Assange and hackers to swing U.S. presidential election in favor of Republican nominee Donald Trump and to undermine the country’s democratic process, reports The Guardian.