WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sees internet access 'severed by Ecuador'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sees internet access 'severed by Ecuador'

The group earlier released a statement confirming Ecuador cut off Assange's internet on Sunday night.

The State Department pushed back on the claims.

Assange has been staying at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after a British court ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case involving two female supporters.

Now, just this morning, WikiLeaks sent the following tweet, quoting "multiple US sources", saying that, in fact, John Kerry personally asked the Ecuadorian government to shut down Assange and his leaks of Clinton's emails.

Another batch of emails was published by WikiLeaks on Saturday which allegedly is linked to John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

WikiLeaks said it was executing "contingency plans" to keep its operation running, The Associated Press reports.

WikiLeaks did not return repeated messages seeking comment. Staff at the embassy declined comment. The tranches so far amount to less than a third of the emails. In an interview with NPR in August, Assange said the Department of Justice's decision not to prosecute Clinton for handling classified information on the private server was an "incredible double standard". London's Metropolitan Police used to maintain a visible presence outside the building, although officers were nowhere in sight when an AP journalist visited Tuesday. WikiLeaks has laid the blame for the disconnection on the Ecuadorian Embassy itself. "Ecuador will continue to protect Julian Assange and uphold the political asylum granted to him in 2012".

"In the presence of speculations in the last few hours, the Ecuadorean government ratifies the validity of the asylum given to Julian Assange four years ago", a statement from Ecuadorian Foreign Relations Minister Guillaume Long said.

According to the latest leaked emails, Mrs Clinton told a Goldman Sachs conference she would like to intervene secretly in Syria.

Whatever the motives, Assange isn't likely to submit to interference quietly.

Ecuador has admitted temporarily restricting Julian Assange's internet access at its London embassy.

The State Dept.'s website indicates Mr. Kerry planned to "participate in bilateral meetings with regional counterparts" while in South America for the peace talks in late September, but the agency's spokesperson denied pulling the plug on WikiLeaks was a topic of discussion.