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Assange's Internet 'Intentionally Severed' By State Party

| by Oren Peleg
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reportedly had his internet access disabled. WikiLeaks claims the internet cut was orchestrated by state agents.

“Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party,” an early-morning tweet by WikiLeaks began on Oct. 17, notes The Hill. “We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.”

WikiLeaks has continued to publish emails and documents obtained from the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee. The Clinton team alleges that WikiLeaks received the documents through Russian hacking.

“If you are going to write about materials issued [email protected], you should at least state they are product of illegal hack by a foreign govt,” Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton camp, tweeted on Oct. 10, reports Fox News. “Media needs to stop treating Wikileaks like it is same as FOIA. Assange is colluding with Russian government to help Trump.”

Revelations of Assange’s internet cut surfaced just hours after former Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson visited the Ecuadorean embassy in London, England, and rumors surfaced that she had poisoned Assange.

“He said I tortured him with bringing him vegan food,” Anderson jokes, reports the Daily Mail. “I really believe in him and think he's a good person, and I'm concerned about his health, his family, and I just hope that by some miracle he's set free.”

The Australian internet activist has been living at the embassy in London since 2012, following charges of sexual assault in Sweden.

WikiLeaks has continued to function despite Assange’s situation. On Oct. 17, the site published its ninth dump of emails from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, as well as transcript segments from Clinton’s speeches with Wall Street banks.

"My view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene," Clinton told Goldman Sachs employees at a 2013 speech in South Carolina, reports BBC. "We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can't help themselves. …They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we're doing and I want credit for it."

Sources: BBC, Fox News, Daily Mail, The Hill / Photo credit: newsonlin/Flickr

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