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Ecuador, Possibly ? With U.S. Pressure Limits Julian Assange's/WikiLeaks' Internet Access

various reports have circulated about what has happened at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has now been holed up for 5 years.

recently, the Ecuador government has allowed access by Swedish prosecutors to interview Assange (about the now years-old, expired-statute-of-limitations rape charges) at the embassy grounds.

Now it is being revealed that the Ecuador government, possibly caving to U.S. or other diplomatic pressure, has "issued the equivalent of a timeout" [Washington Post language] to Assange's internet access from their embassy in London. This is reportedly due in part to the effects of the most recent WikiLeaks data releases having a "substantial effect" on the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Hugo Chavez is now dead. Governments and elections in central and south America are no longer as strongly left-leaning as they were 5 years ago, and the current Ecuador leader is not up for re-election.
more details as this situation develops

__ Confirmed. __ ( and, it's officially a 'Russian conspiracy'... ) 19.Oct.2016 18:50

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( although Ecuador's own official position remains, that they are merely trying to "maintain neutrality" in matters which might affect another nation's internal affairs....  link to theintercept.com )


U.S. Urged Ecuador to Act Against WikiLeaks Leader Assange
 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-urged-ecuador-act-against-assange-n669271

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Quiet pressure from the U.S. government played a role in Ecuador's decision to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from using the internet at Ecuador's London embassy, U.S. officials told NBC News.

"It was a bit of an eviction notice," said a senior intelligence official.

Ecuador's government said Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who has lived in the South American country's London embassy for more than four years. A source familiar with the situation says the Ecuadoran government has been frustrated with Assange and his presence at the embassy in London for months and has been considering how best to proceed.

The action came after U.S. officials conveyed their conclusion that Assange is a willing participant in a Russian intelligence operation to undermine the U.S. presidential election, NBC News has learned. U.S. intelligence officials believe Assange knows he is getting the information from Russian intelligence, though they do not believe he is involved in helping plan the hacking, officials told NBC.

"The general view is he is a willing participant in the Russian scheme but not an active plotter in it. They just realized they could use him," said a senior intelligence official.
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The US told Ecuador to give Wikileaks 'an eviction notice,' according to intelligence officials
 http://www.businessinsider.com/us-wikileaks-internet-2016-10