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Julian Assange's communication cut by Julian Assange over tweet

Julian Assange's communication cut by Julian Assange over tweet

The Ecuadorean government Wednesday restricted access to communications of the journalist and founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who has been in Ecuador's embassy in the United Kingdom since 2012, for violating an agreement in which he had pledged not to comment on the affairs of other countries.

Under the agreement with the Ecuadorian government, Assange is not permitted to disrupt the South American nation's relations with other countries.

The Ecuadorean government is anxious that Assange's use of social media can hurt the "good relations the country keeps with the United Kingdom, other countries in the European Union and other nations", and said it was prepared to take further actions if Assange keeps breaking his commitment.

Ecuador did cite any examples of this alleged breach. In recent days, Assange had criticized Germany's detention of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Spanish authorities seek his extradition and return to Madrid, where he faces possible charges of treason and misuse of public funds.

He took refuge in the diplomatic mission in 2012 after a British judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden, where he faced charges of sexual assault. Swedish authorities have since shelved their investigation on grounds they could not get access to him.

She added that Ecuador's government would be sending of a group of diplomats to meet with Assange's legal team in London next week while also continuing a dialogue with British officials on how to resolve "an inherited problem". In December, Ecuador granted Assange citizenship.

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Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

Assange frequently tweets more than a dozen times a day, sharing news stories and comments that often focus on global politics and digital security issues.

This is not the first time his hosts have cut off his access to the internet.

The biggest crisis came in October 2016, when the embassy cut his internet service after WikiLeaks published a trove of emails from then-U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

In 2016, Ecuador briefly suspended Assange's internet connection for posting documents online that were seen as having an impact on the USA presidential election.

Assange tweeted in response: "As a political prisoner detained without charge for 8 years, in violation of 2 United Nations rulings, I suppose I must be "miserable"; yet nothing wrong with being a "little" person although I'm rather tall; and better a "worm", a healthy creature that invigorates the soil, than a snake".