The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was speculated to have been assassinated, but in reality, he was silenced by the Ecuadorian government by cutting off his internet connection.
This speculation came after WikiLeaks released a series of code believed to be his dead man’s switch, which basically meant that if he were detained or killed, the codes would be released, according to yournewswire.com. “It is essentially a means of discouraging his assassination, an enormous trove of secrets will be automatically published if Assange is detained or dead.”
The group, Anonymous, who promote transparency of the presidential candidates, later gave a report that Assange was alive and that the cryptic emails were not a dead man’s code.
WikiLeaks is a company that has recently been releasing emails surrounding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her surrounding campaign members. It has been trying to make her campaign as transparent as possible trying to expose corruption from the inside of her campaign.
However, this was seen as an attempt to boost Presidential Candidate Donald Trump by trying to incriminate Hillary Clinton and therefore was seen as disrupting the United States election.
“BREAKING: Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations” was tweeted by @wikileaks in the days following. Instead of Ecuador independently stopping Julian Assange, John Kerry placed some pressure on them to do so.
Ecuador has stated that the internet ban is temporary: “This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.” Ecuador cannot prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities because the organization is not centered in the Ecuadorian Embassy; only Assange is there.
The silencing came at a very important time because according to thefreethoughtproject.com, “The Free Thought Project found the timing of the Internet cutoff in relation to WikiLeaks’ release of the factious Goldman Sachs transcripts so dubious, we posited the move akin to flagrant state-sponsored censorship of the press.”
The Ecuadorian Embassy accepted Assange and granted him asylum to protect him from persecution of his journalistic opportunities. Now they are attempting to censor his journalistic activities.
Even though the Internet of Julian Assange has been severed, the WikiLeaks organization has continued to release information even without the help of Assange. This has effectively shown that severing of Assange does not silence his company. Assange will eventually get his internet back, but probably not before the U.S. Presidential Election.