Internet Connection of Wikileaks Founder Assange Cut In the Height of Hillary Email Leaks
Could it be just a case of suspicious timing or could there be credence in what Republican nominee Donald Trump has been warning everyone that there's a conspiracy to make Hillary Clinton claim the White House at all costs? Except that this time, aside from the usual suspects Trump named in the grand conspiracy as the establishment and mainstream media, a foreign country may have also come in as a 'player'.
This comes to light after Ecuador just cut the internet access of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after a series of online publication of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta, revealing in its wake pretty damaging information about Hillary and her camp.
Assange is currently staying in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, after he acquired asylum, following charges of sexual assaults lunged against him in Sweden.
Adding to the wide speculations that Ecuador could be behind the sudden and unnecessary internet disconnection of Assange are statements coming from Wikileaks official Twitter account itself, where it says that their multiple sources in the U.S. tell them that Secretary of State John Kerry personally appealed to Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton documents. The appeal was purportedly made in Kerry's private meeting with Ecuador at the sidelines of the FARC peace negotiations in Colombia on September 26.
Relations between Ecuador and the U.S. have been frosty the past few years stemming mostly from the Wikileaks dump. In 2011, both countries expelled each other's ambassadors after a diplomatic cable was shown claiming that Ecuador President Rafael Correa was condoning police corruption in his country. Making matters worse between the two countries' ties was the unilateral pulling out of Ecuador from a bilateral trade pact with the U.S., after allegations that the U.S. is using the deal to blackmail Ecuador as regards to the asylum request of former NSA staffer Edward Snowden.
Denying Assange internet access at the height of Wikileaks publication of damaging information against Clinton then strengthens the speculations that Correa is bent on healing and improving relations between his country and the U.S. by doing Hillary a favor, and having rosier prospects for better ties if she wins the presidency.
It does not help assuage fears that the internet disconnection of Assange is politically-motivated with the recent admission of Correa in an interview with Russia Today that he does favor Hillary. Correa also said that he knows Hillary personally when she was Secretary of State.
The State Department has denied claims of a Kerry-Ecuador agreement on Assange.
Assange has earlier also expressed fears that he would be extradited to the U.S. for espionage in the event that he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Just recently, it was the Obama administration who was accusing Wikileaks and Russia of interfering with the U.S. elections with the release of hacked Podesta emails.
This latest Assange development puts into question who is really interfering with the elections, as well as cast shadows on the lengths the Obama administration can possibly go through to protect Hillary who can not extricate herself from the damaging revelations released by Wikileaks.