Snowden defends WikiLeaks: 'Censorship is never the answer’
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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said critics should not try to silence WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange.

Snowden tweeted on Monday afternoon, saying that "no matter your opinion" of the site or the founder, "censorship is never the answer." 

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WikiLeaks said earlier Monday that Assange’s internet connection had been “intentionally severed by a state party.”

The anti-secrecy website added it had “activated the appropriate contingency plans” to keep Assange in touch with the global public.

WikiLeaks later Monday afternoon accused the Ecuadorian government of cutting off Assange’s internet at its embassy in London.

Assange has not left the Ecuadorian embassy there since 2012, due to Swedish rape charges against him.

The WikiLeaks founder has repeatedly insisted that leaving the embassy to address the charges would end with his extradition to the U.S.

WikiLeaks has been publishing thousands of documents allegedly stolen from the personal email account of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump MORE’s presidential campaign manager John Podesta.

The transparency website last weekend, for example, issued transcripts of three paid speeches Clinton made to Goldman Sachs.

Clinton’s paid speeches to major financial firms were a major issue in her Democratic presidential primary fight with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (I-Vt.).

Sanders repeatedly pressured Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee, to release transcripts of the talks and prove she was not unduly influenced by corporate interests.

Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE, meanwhile, has begun using information revealed by WikiLeaks to portray Clinton as corrupt.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineA lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Warren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup MORE (D-Va.) on Sunday compared the recent hack of Podesta’s emails to the Watergate scandal that brought down former President Richard Nixon.

“At least in my lifetime, I can’t think of a precedent of a foreign nation trying to destabilize an American election,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee said on “Fox News Sunday." "This is the current version of that Watergate attack."