Internet cutoff is just the latest trouble for WikiLeaks’ Assange

Internet cutoff is just the latest trouble for WikiLeaks’ Assange, by Tim Johnson.

The digital megaphone of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears to have been silenced …

WikiLeaks announced via Twitter Monday that it had launched “contingency plans” after unnamed state hackers severed the internet link used by Assange, who is under siege in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, taking pain pills for infirmities and with no access to sunlight or outdoor space. …

WikiLeaks posted a tweet early Monday that said Assange’s “internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party….”

Julian Assange in the Ecuderian Embassy, 2014

It was one of the latest moves in a chess match that Assange has waged for years with U.S. and British authorities and that now has the Australian anti-secrecy advocate on center stage in the U.S. presidential campaign, releasing thousands of pages of leaked emails to thwart Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. The U.S. government accuses Russian state hackers of obtaining the emails and passing them to WikiLeaks.

So someone publishes leaked material harmful to the Democrat candidate, and a state actor cuts off their Internet access. Charming. Where does the Democratic political party end and the state begin?