29 March 2018Hot off the Press
The Ecuadorian Government says it has cut off Julian Assange’s internet access at the country’s London Embassy “in order to prevent any potential harm” to relations with Europe.
The move comes after recent social media activity in which the WikiLeaks founder criticised the arrest of a Catalonian separatist leader and questioned whether Moscow is responsible for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England.
Mr Assange was granted asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 and has lived there ever since.
The Australian faces arrest if he leaves the Embassy for skipping bail, and fears the US may extradite him for publishing classified information.
Mr Assange was recently called a “miserable little worm” by a British junior Minister. He responded by tweeting:
As a political prisoner detained without charge for 8 years, in violation of 2 UN rulings, I suppose I must be "miserable"; yet nothing wrong with being a "little" person although I'm rather tall; and better a "worm", a healthy creature that invigorates the soil, than a snake.
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 27, 2018