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03/28/2018 02:33 pm ET

Ecuador Cuts Off WikiLeaks Founder's Outside Communications

Julian Assange has been stripped of his internet access for violating the terms of the asylum.

Ecuador is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s communications with the world outside the London embassy where he’s been living in asylum since 2012.

Ecuadorean officials announced Wednesday that they had enacted the limits in response to his recent social media activity, which they say jeopardizes their relationship with the U.K.

The world-famous hacker agreed in late 2017 not to send any messages that could interfere with Ecuador’s relations with other nations, the announcement said. The statement did not highlight any of Assange’s offending posts.

However, in recent days Assange has tweeted about his disapproval with several countries, including the U.S., for their decision to expel Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the U.K. earlier this month.

A sign is pinned to the railings outside the Ecuadorean embassy in central London as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange goes to
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A sign is pinned to the railings outside the Ecuadorean embassy in central London as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange goes to court again to avoid arrest in London in January.

That stipulation is part of Assange’s asylum agreement with Ecuador, which has housed him in its London embassy since 2012 as he sought to avoid extradition to Sweden for an investigation into rape allegations. Though Sweden dropped the case last year, he remains wanted by the U.K. for breaching bail. He has now been living in the embassy for more than five years. 

Kim Dotcom, a German internet tycoon who has long been vocal of his support for Assange’s freedom, urged other supporters to gather outside the embassy on Wednesday to help Assange regain his Internet connection.

On Tuesday, British foreign affairs minister Alan Duncan spoke out against Assange’s ongoing asylum.

“It’s about time that this miserable little worm walked out of the embassy and gave himself up to British justice,” he told reporters. 

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