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Ecuador cuts off Assange's outside communication
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been cut off from accessing the internet inside London's Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has lived for over five years to avoid extradition.
The Ecuadorian government said the embassy took the step in response to Assange's recent activity on social media, which it said violated his agreement not to interfere in the nation's relations with other countries.
"The government of Ecuador warns that Assange's behavior, through his messages on social networks, put at risk the country's good relations with the United Kingdom, the other states of the European Union, and other nations," a statement from the government says, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.
Assange previously had his internet privileges suspended at the embassy over the site's release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 election.
The U.S. intelligence community implicated WikiLeaks in Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, indicating "with high confidence" that the group got the hacked emails from the Kremlin.
As of January, Assange is officially a citizen of the South American country. He was first offered asylum in the embassy by Ecuador's former President Rafael Correa.
Assange's asylum prevented his extradition by British authorities to Sweden to answer for claims of sexual assault. Those charges against the WikiLeaks founder have been dropped, but he remains subject to arrest in the U.K. for skipping bail.
He could also face potential charges in the U.S. over the publication of sensitive military intelligence first leaked by Chelsea Manning.