WikiLeaks points finger at country that cut off Assange's internet

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By Jose Sepulveda, Buzz60

WikiLeaks accused Ecuador of cutting off Julian Assange's internet connection on Monday, which ignited a Twitter storm of conspiracy theories.

Ecuador is the country that granted Assange asylum in its London Embassy when Sweden demanded the British extradite him to face rape charges. Assange fears Sweden would then extradite him to the U.S.

The Ecuadorian government offered no comment on the incident, but the country's foreign minister, Guillaume Long, said Assange remained under government protection, stating, "The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain."

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A supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds banners outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he marks three years since Assange claimed asylum in the embassy on June 19, 2015. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange clocks up three years inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London today, after claiming that Swedish prosecutors cancelled a landmark meeting in his case earlier this week. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has advocated for Assange's right to free speech, and WikiLeaks revelations have caused strain in relations with the United States, including the expulsion of diplomats in 2011.

Correa has said he backs Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, whom he says he knows personally.

"For the good of the United States and the world ... I would like Hillary to win," Correa told Russia Today last month.

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