WikiLeaks Says ‘State Party’ Disrupted Assange’s Internet Connection

The allegation comes after the organization published emails written by a Clinton adviser and by Democratic Party officials

WikiLeaks said that the internet connection of its founder, Julian Assange, above, was “severed by a state party.”

Oct. 17, 2016 10:24 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—WikiLeaks, the organization that has published thousands of private emails written by Democrats in recent months, said Monday that the internet connection of its founder, Julian Assange, had been “severed by a state party.

“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” the organization said in a Twitter post.

Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.

Founded in 2006, WikiLeaks has inserted itself into the presidential election this year by publishing emails written by Democratic Party officials and by one of Hillary Clinton’s senior campaign advisers, John Podesta.

WikiLeaks began releasing emails hacked from Mr. Podesta’s email account more than a week ago, and it has continued publishing several thousand new emails most days ever since.

The U.S. intelligence community has alleged that Russian intelligence agencies hacked the emails and leaked them to WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks hasn’t revealed the source of its emails, but it has taken an adversarial bent toward Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Her rival, Republican Donald Trump, has praised WikiLeaks and has said the public should pay more attention to the emails it has unearthed.

WikiLeaks’s assertion that Mr. Assange’s internet link had been disrupted couldn’t be confirmed. On Monday morning, the organization’s website was operational.

Mr. Assange, who was born in Australia, has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. The South American nation granted asylum to Mr. Assange, who issubject to extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations that he raped a woman during a trip there in 2010. He hasn’t been charged and has denied the allegations.

WikiLeaks issued a series of three unintelligible messages over Twitter during the weekend. Each one began “pre-commitment” and then the number 1, 2, or 3, followed by a short phrase, and then an assortment of letters and numbers.

pre-commitment 1: John Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687439aabd0219809

pre-commitment 2: Ecuador

pre-commitment 3: UK FCO f33a6de5c627e3270ed3e02f62cd0c857467a780cf6123d2172d80d02a072f74

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2 Responses to “WikiLeaks Says ‘State Party’ Disrupted Assange’s Internet Connection”

  1. Rifleman III Says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Assange failed to dump the big evidence he said would get Hillary indicted. Now the government is going after him. What did he expect? He should have went public when he had the window of opportunity. He only has one more week to do anything, then everything he is holding becomes moot.

  2. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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