Julian Assange’s internet connection at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was severed Sunday, according to WikiLeaks. The organization claims the act was intentional and performed by a foreign government.
“Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” the organization tweeted around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.
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WikiLeaks has not pointed a finger directly at any specific government, nor has it provided any evidence that a state actor is indeed responsible for the attack on Assange’s internet link.
However, WikiLeaks has been a major inconvenience for the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration of late, releasing a hoard of hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta. So far over 12,000 of the alleged 50,000 Podesta emails in WikiLeaks’ possession have been released.
Both the U.S. government and the Clinton campaign have blamed these leaks on Russia and have sought to paint WikiLeaks as some sort of satellite department of Russian intelligence. If a state actor is truly responsible for pulling the plug on Assange’s internet connection, current events strongly suggest the actor with the most motivation would be the United States.
WikiLeaks’ announcement followed hours after it published three “pre-commitment” tweets relating to John Kerry, Ecuador, and the U.K. Foreign Commonwealth Office, respectively, and containing 64-character codes.
A “pre-commitment” is a sort of fail-safe mechanism to ensure that unpublished information is not tampered with. In theory, those 64-character codes respond to information presumably regarding Kerry, Ecuador, and the U.K. FCO. If the information within the documents is changed between now and their release, the 64-character codes in the documents will not match the codes tweeted by WikiLeaks on Saturday.
That the release of three pre-commitment codes preceded the announcement of Assange’s internet connection being severed suggests that WikiLeaks may have been the target of a concerted attack over the weekend to put a stop to its activities.