Last week, Julian Assange claimed that a “state actor” had pulled the plug on his internet connection soon after he released some Russian-supplied dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Despite the implication that the US or UK had cut him off to prevent more embarrassing leaks it turns out that it was actually an ally of his – the Ecuadorian government.
For those who came in late, Assange is holed up in the London Ecuadorian embassy because he does not want to go to Sweden to face serious charges. Now it seems that the Ecuadorian government is getting a bit tetchy about its somewhat embarrassing guest.
The country’s Foreign Minister Guillaume Long made no comment on the claim, saying only: “The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain.” But it appears that the government is not too happy about its embassy being used as ground zero for Wikileak’s pro- campaign.
Ecuador is not a big fan of Trump. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said that a Trump Presidency would be good for Latin America because it would increase support for the Left generally. In other words, Trump would be so bad everyone would rush to the left. The concept that Assange is trying to get the right-wing Trump elected using Russian supplied documents is not something that is sitting well with the left-wing Ecuadorian government.
Wikileaks said that it is working around the problem, but it might mean that Assange’s presence on future leaks might be curtailed. As far as Assange is concerned that means that doing it would be pretty pointless.