Julian Assange’s Internet Cut Off by Ecuadorian Government

Hasan Ahmed - 1A Nanotechnology
Posted on: October 22, 2016

The upcoming US election has caused some problems for the non-profit organization Wikileaks. Recently, Julian Assange, founder and chief editor of Wikileaks, had his internet shut down by the Ecuadorian government in light of the election.

Wikileaks is an organization known for publishing government secrets from anonymous sources for the world to see. Generally, these documents are extremely confidential, and don’t necessarily see the light of day under any circumstances. It has been operating since 2006 and describes itself as “an un-censorable system for untraceable mass document leaking.”

Julian Assange is an editor for Wikileaks, and his work has granted him popularity across the world wide web. However, after rape and molestation claims by two women (which he denies), Assange fled, despite no charges being laid. After applying and being granted asylum in Ecuador in 2012 after arrest threats, he has remained there ever since. If he tries to leave, he will be deported back to Sweden.

2016 has been rich in events regarding the US election, and the constant debate between Clinton and Trump. Talk has always been spread around about Hillary’s 30,000+ deleted emails and how that makes her an untrustworthy candidate. Recently, Wikileaks uploaded an archive of the emails for the public to read. Despite the leak, it did not affect Clinton’s general standpoint in the election, since Trump’s infamy appears to overshadow the emails. The revealed emails are about 50,000 pages in length, and span 4 years of content, including transcripts and leaked debate questions.

The Ecuadorian government decided that the election date was too close for Assange and Wikileaks to uncover information that may affect the voting process, so as of October 17th 2016, they shut down Assange’s internet until further notice. This was done to prevent any potential interference with the US election.

So was Ecuador right to do this? Or should Assange have been given the freedom to uncover more information about the US government that may sway voter opinion in the coming weeks? Either way, the election is not protected from other Wikileaks members, Russian hackers, or any other people who want to get their hands on private information. It may seem pointless to cut off Assange’s communication, but Ecuador also has to think about other individuals’ rights in order to protect their country as a whole.

  • utranda goldstein

    He should be more discreet, Hillary’s henchmen House of Rothschild and Chase/Congress are behind this. I hope America wakes up Nov 8 and Trump puts her behind bars. I hope he gets to put out his message soon to the brain washed Americans just how evil this bitch is and the Clinton Foundation.

  • The Fair One

    Wow – sugar is kicking in from all the Kool Aid. Did you ever wonder why there are no leaks from Trump’s life ?

  • Youknowwhat

    If you think the Ecuador government wasn’t pressured by Obama to cut off Assange’s internet connection, you are very naive.

  • Roger Morais

    Might is right, and so life goes on, The Mighty American Dictatorship is right on hand pressuring Equador to shut down Assange’s internet,Freedom of the press belongs only to those who can blackmail the MIGHT,I suspect this looks like the Dem’s work.If Trump should win this election it would be nice if he were to pardon Snowden and Assange, as they are practicing” FREEDOM of PRESS” and look what happened to both of them.

  • Roger Morais

    What news have you been watching ?

  • utranda goldstein

    You must be a American’t because most of you people are like Ostriches. Except you have your heads up your asses.

  • The Fair One

    I was refering to Wikileaks leaks. None !

  • The Fair One

    You would be wrong but nice generalization. Your comment gives me all the information I need.

  • snoogdog

    Freedom for Assange!!!

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