Ecuador: We have ‘temporarily restricted’ Assange’s internet

Julian Assange
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, speaks during a news conference with Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Swedish prosecutors on Thursday Aug. 13, 2015 dropped cases of lesser sexual misconduct against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange but said they still want to question him on accusations of rape made after his visit to Stockholm five years ago. (John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) – Ecuador’s government has acknowledged that it has “temporarily restricted” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign

The foreign ministry in a statement Tuesday said that while it stands by its decision in 2012 to grant Assange asylum, it doesn’t interfere in foreign elections. Leftist President Rafael Correa’s government said it was acting on its own and not ceding to foreign pressures.

The foreign ministry didn’t specify the extent of the restrictions on Assange’s access to the internet, saying only that the restrictions on his communications wouldn’t affect WikiLeaks’ ability to carry out its journalistic activities.

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