Wikileaks took to Twitter to announce that a force of “heavily armed police” had appeared outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has been living since 2012 after being granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government. Despite Ecuador claiming to have Assange under their protection, many Wikileaks followers are concerned for Julian Assange’s safety with some questioning whether the journalist is even still alive. The concerns stem from a tweet by the organization indicating armed guards were outside of the embassy, and Assange’s internet had been cut by the government.
PHOTO: Heavily armed ‘police’ appear outside Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange has political asylum (photo, Tuesday morning) pic.twitter.com/EOfsrmi3t2
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2016
We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speechs.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016
BREAKING: Ecuador admits to ‘restricting’ Assange communications over US election.
Fund his defense costs here:https://t.co/Mb6gXlz7QS
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 18, 2016
Julian Assange was granted political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he became wanted in Sweden for questioning over four alleged sexual offenses. Assange has adamantly denied the claims and says he believes it is all an elaborate scheme to ensure he doesn’t leak any more documents and / or to turn him over to the U.S. government for extradition and prosecution.
Wikileaks recently published a series of documents related to the “Background and Documents on Attempts to Frame Assange as a Pedophile and Russian spy.” The documents show that a company from America, ToddandClare.com, might have set up Assange and are the ones purported to be responsible for the claims of pedophilia. After the document release, numerous internet sleuths quickly identified the people behind ToddandClare.com and found interesting connections between the alleged operators of the website and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 19, 2016
Wikileaks has also questioned why Ecuador has suddenly dropped Julian Assange’s internet service, noting they have sources that have indicated the United States government was behind the sudden change.
BREAKING: Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 18, 2016
The organization says that Ecuador was told to silence Assange by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. However, the State Department has denied these claims, noting that they had nothing to do with the sudden termination of Assange’s internet connection.
The Ecuadorian government says that they are still protecting Assange, but they cut his internet access over fears that his document releases were impacting the American election. Ecuador says they have a non-intervention policy when it comes to other country’s elections, and they decided to temporarily cut some access to the internet. However, as NBC News reports, the United States might have actively urged Ecuador to cut Assange’s access by making claims that Russia was working through Assange in a bid to influence the American elections. It should also be mentioned that the leader of Ecuador publicly stated he wanted Clinton to win the election, which certainly casts a shadow of doubt on their non-intervention claims.
“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.”
With the move being noted as a “bit of an eviction notice,” many Wikileaks followers have expressed concern over what will happen to Assange should Ecuador no longer offer him political asylum. Therefore, when Wikileaks posted that heavily armed police had arrived outside the embassy, followers quickly began questioning if the Wikileaks founder had been killed.
Wikileaks notes that the armed guards were pictured on Tuesday but has not provided any further updates. As new information becomes available, the Inquisitr will keep you posted.
What do you think about the armed guards arriving at the Ecuador embassy? Is Julian Assange in trouble?
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