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The government of Ecuador has been accused of cutting off Internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after the organisation released details of speeches given to Goldman Sachs by Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton.

In a tweet, WikiLeaks said: "We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speechs."

Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since August 2012. He has been accused of rape in Sweden and the country has said recently that it is willing to interview him in the embassy.

WikiLeaks has been releasing material about the Democrats for some time but none of it has proved to be anything close to politically explosive.

During the time of the Democratic National Convention, the organisation released material that led to the resignation of DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

WikiLeaks released three transcripts of paid speeches given to Goldman Sachs by Clinton, material which she has refused to release during the campaign despite being asked to do so.

The BBC said it had not been able to obtain any reaction from Ecuador's ambassador and London's Metropolitan Police had refused to comment.

Whether this will change Assange's relationship with Ecuador is not clear.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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