WikiLeaker Assange's internet access cut by a 'state actor'

The organization didn't name the state actor it suspects

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016.

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A "state actor" has cut off internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, the transparency activist organization said Monday.

Assange's internet link has been "intentionally severed by a state party," WikiLeaks said in a Monday morning tweet.

"We have activated the appropriate contingency plans," the organization added.

WikiLeak later blamed the outage on Ecuador. Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 in an effort to avoid extradition on sexual assault allegations. 

"We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access" Saturday evening, shortly after WikiLeaks published what appear to be speeches by U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Goldman Sachs, WikiLeaks tweeted late Monday.

In recent days, WikiLeaks has published thousands of leaked emails from the account of John Podesta, chairman of Clinton's campaign. Clinton's campaign, along with President Barack Obama's administration, have accused WikiLeaks of cooperating with Russian hackers in an effort to raise questions about the legitimacy of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

WikiLeaks didn't provide evidence of the outage or state-sponsored involvement. The group's press team didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on the internet outage.

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