Ecuador Cutting off Julian Assange's Communications

Julian Assange fears he will extradited to the United States if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange fears he will extradited to the United States if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy

Assange used social media on Monday to criticize the United Kingdom government's decision to expel Russian diplomats after London accused Moscow of involvement in the poisoning Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy residing in the United Kingdom, and his daughter.

Officials said Assange's internet access was blocked Tuesday because of his recent activity on social media in which he slammed the arrest of a Catalonian separatist leader.

Assange moved into the embassy in 2012 after breaching bail in relation to sexual assault allegations he faced in Sweden. Sweden dropped the case, but Mr Assange remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

He also questioned the decision by Britain and more than 20 countries to retaliate against the poisoning by expelling Russian diplomats deemed spies, according to Agence France-Presse.

But the comment that might have been the straw that broke the camel's back is his response to U.K.'s Europe and the Americas Minister Alan Duncan, who called Assange a "miserable little worm" that should walk out of the embassy and give himself up to British justice.

"To prevent potential damage, on March 27 the London embassy suspended Assange's access to communications with the outside", the ministry said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Ecuador said that the step had been taken because Assange had failed to abide by an agreement not to interfere in the South American country's relations with other states.

Mr Assange responded to Mr Duncan's comment with a tweet.

Assange's internet access was also interrupted in 2016 after a WikiLeaks dump targeting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Lenin Moreno, who took office in May 2017, has called Assange "a hacker".

Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

In December, Ecuador made Assange a citizen and unsuccessfully tried to register him as a diplomat with immunity as part of its efforts to have him leave the facility without risk of being detained.

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