WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin. (Photo by AFP)
Ecuador has confirmed that it has cut off the internet connectivity of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who resides in the country’s embassy in London.
The government released a statement on Tuesday, asserting that Quito has an impartial stance in the US 2016 presidential election and does not favor any particular candidate.
“The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,” read the statement.
Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has been engaged new releases against the former secretary of state and New York senator (pictured below) for what Assange described as “October surprise,” indicating it would change the state of the race in favor of Trump.
“Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom,” Quito said.
Clinton’s emails have been used by the Trump campaign as means to undermine the former first lady’s bid for the White House.
The Clinton campaign is, meanwhile, pointing the finger at Russia, saying WikiLeaks and Moscow are in cahoots to push Trump to the White House.
In the latest national debate, Clinton suggested that Russia is backing Trump by the releases in an effort to portray the real estate mogul as someone inclined towards a US enemy.
The two candidates are set to face off in the last debate ahead of the November 8 vote on Wednesday, which can be viewed live on Press TV.

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