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Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

WikiLeaks blasts Kerry after Assange can't log on

WikiLeaks blasts Kerry after Assange can't log on

Officials with the State Department denied the hactivists' claims.

"While our concerns about WikiLeaks are longstanding, any suggestion that Secretary (John) Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down WikiLeaks is false", spokesman John Kirby said.

WikiLeaks has published 11 tranches this month of some 55,000 internal emails taken from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the chairman of the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency.

The emails include excerpts from Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street bankers and exchanges between her staff and reporters about the content of their news coverage, among other revelations.

US intelligence agencies have said the publication of these emails by WikiLeaks represented a key part of a well-orchestrated campaign by top Russian officials to interfere in the USA election. The embassy did not immediatley return PCMag's request for comment.

The organization on Monday continued to release records from the FBI's probe into Clinton's private email server, including posting 100 more pages of the investigation to Archive.org. The State Department promptly denied the claims.

Long made no reference to the disruption of Assange's Internet link.

Although Assange has by all accounts lived a fairly comfortable life at the Ecuadorean embassy, with all of his daily needs supplied, there are nevertheless reports that the Wikileaks founder's personal interactions with embassy personnel have been less than smooth.

An official statement was issued by the Ecuadorian government explaining their actions.

The documents also carried a warning that Assange's "evident anger" and "feelings of superiority" could cause stress to those around him.

Last month, Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa, an outspoken critic of the US, told Russia Today's Spanish-language broadcast that he supported Hillary Clinton. "I know her personally and have a great deal of respect for her", Correa told RT.

Assange isn't likely to submit to the internet ban quietly.

Neither Secretary Kerry, nor the governments of the US or Ecuador have responded to Wikileaks allegations. Pre-commitments are cryptographic functions which can be used to verify the integrity of material released subsequently.

The asylum granted to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange by the government of Ecuador is not in question, despite possible differences of opinion between the two on the release of controversial documents by the whistleblowing site.

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