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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the secrecy-spilling group in Berlin. WikiLeaks said on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, that Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Ecuador said it has 'temporarily restricted' the WikiLeaks founder's internet access


Ecuador has admitted to "temporarily" restricting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access because he was releasing information to interfere with the U.S. election. 

The Ecuadorean government, however, restated its commitment to granting Assange political asylum at its embassy in London.

"Ecuador's foreign policy responds to sovereign decisions alone and does not yield to pressure from other states," the Ecuadorean government said in a statement to Politico's Eric Geller. 

Assange is known for releasing confidential information about governments and private organizations. 

WikiLeaks noted on Twitter Monday that Ecuador had cut Assange's internet connection Saturday afternoon, shortly after he published information about speeches Hillary Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs. 

WikiLeaks has recently published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and John D. Podesta, who is a senior official for Clinton's presidential campaign, according to the New York Times

Ecuador's foreign ministry hasn't specified the extent of their restrictions on Assange's internet. 

The country only released a statement saying: "This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities." 

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