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WikiLeaks has said US Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to cut its leader Julian Assange's Internet connectivity after the organisation had released the content of paid speeches that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had given to Goldman Sachs.

The US State Department has denied that Kerry was involved.

The whistleblower organisation had accused Ecuador of cutting Assange's Internet access a day earlier, saying "We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speechs."

On Tuesday, it released another lot of emails from the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. None of the material released has contained any sensational disclosures.

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.

In a tweet, WikiLeaks said yesterday: "Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations.

"The John Kerry private meeting with Ecuador was made on the sidelines of the negotiations which took place principally on 26 September in Colombia."

Colombia's rebel group FARC signed a peace deal with the country's government last month.

The office of Ecuador's foreign minister, Guillaume Long, released a message on Twitter, saying that Assange's asylum status would remain as long as the issues that led to it were unresolved.

Update: Ecuador has now issued a statement, confirming that it cut Assange's Internet access because it does not believe in interfering in elections in other countries.

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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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