Julian Assange remains ‘off the grid’ but discussions continue to restore his access

May 10, 2018

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains cut off from the internet two months after his Ecuadorian Embassy hosts severed his communications with the outside world, the Ecuador foreign minister says.

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Ecuador suspended his internet access in early March after accusing the whistleblower of interfering with other countries’ internal affairs via his social media posts.

In March, a group of activists and cultural figures posted an open letter calling on Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno to restore “freedom of speech” of the WikiLeaks founder.

The document has been signed by actress Pamela Anderson, linguist Noam Chomsky, musicians Brian Eno and Jean Michel Jarre, film director Oliver Stone, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, designer Vivienne Westwood and philosopher Slavoj Zizek among others.

Assange took refuge at Ecuador’s Embassy in London in 2012 after he was accused of sexual offenses in Sweden. He said he feared extradition to the United States where he is wanted for leaking Iraq War logs.

Ecuador Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa said there are no immediate plans to restore plans to restore Assange’s web account. “He remains disconnected from the internet and other communications,” she said. “Discussions are continuing with him and he will be reconnected when agrees to follow our rules.”

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