The Ecuadorian government confirmed Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection following his website’s publication of emails allegedly stolen from Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
“The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,” Ecuador said in a statement quoted by The Hill.
“Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom,” it added.
The emails are believed to have been stolen by the Russian government and their release has been widely seen as a deliberate attempt to meddle in the U.S. election, although some Republicans have lauded their publication.
One of the leaked emails reveal some candid concerns of veteran Democrats regarding the former Secretary of State, her family, and her viability as a presidential candidate.
Another email revealed that the Clinton family’s charitable foundation may have received a $1 million donation from Qatar.
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