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.
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.
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.
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