Ecuador Cuts Off WikiLeaks Founder's Outside Communications


Ecuador said Wednesday it has suspended outside communications for Julian Assange at its London embassy after he published message critical of the British government.

Ecuador's embassy released the statement Wednesday confirming that Assange would be cut off from communicating with the outside world shortly after he tweeted an antagonistic message at a British minister implying that the British politician was a snake.

As part of an agreement allowing him to stay at Ecuador's embassy, Assange is forbidden from sending any messages that would interfere with the country's diplomatic relations other nations.

He has since gone silent on social media.

Assange had close ties to former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, but has seen the relationship cool under his successor, Lenín Moreno, who came to power a year ago. The initiative is being led by Suzie Dawson, leader of the New Zealand Internet Party, and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Assange has been living in the embassy there since 2012, when he took refuge because of allegations from Sweden of sex crimes, including rape.

In another tweetstorm on Tuesday, Assange attacked the arrest in Germany of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont under an European Union warrant issued by Spain over Puigdemont's failed bid a year ago to declare independence for his Spanish region.

Ecuador suspended his internet access in 2016 after a WikiLeaks dump targeting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Assange's Twitter account had no activity following a flurry of activity in which the controversial political figure talked about the arrest of a Catalan independentist politician and questioned Russia's involvement in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in England. Though that issue has since been dropped, Assange remains in the embassy over fears of a United States extradition and the British government's demand that he "face justice". "So why is there a warrant for my arrest?" he said in an email to Reuters.

That comment went down like a bucket of cold sick with the UK government with UK Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan responded to his comments by branding the Australian a "miserable little worm" who needs to turn himself over to authorities.

"It is of great regret that Julian Assange remains in the Ecuador embassy".

Ecuador has repeatedly urged Assange not to interfere in the affairs of other countries following his frequent online comments on global issues.

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics - he has also called Assange a hacker.