WikiLeaks tweeted Monday that Ecuador severed Julian Assange's internet link at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday.
The organization had earlier tweeted that Assange’s internet had been severed due to “state party” interference Saturday. WikiLeaks has now said that the state party was Ecuador, which severed the connections following WikiLeaks’ release of Hillary Clinton’s private speeches to Goldman Sachs.
The speeches were made after she stepped down as U.S. secretary of state in 2013, and focus on free trade and financial reforms, relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the negative effects of previous WikiLeaks’ releases on foreign policy.
Clinton has been criticized in the past for supporting Wall Street and an excerpt from one of the transcripts states: "If you were an elected member of Congress and people in your constituency were losing jobs and shutting businesses and everybody in the press is saying it's all the fault of Wall Street, you can't sit idly by and do nothing.”
Ecuadorean embassy officials declined to comment on the matter, but foreign minister Guillaume Long said in a statement to Reuters on Monday, “The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain.”
The Ecuadorean embassy has provided Assange refuge since June 2012, when he was accused of molesting two WikiLeaks reporters in Sweden. While WikiLeaks hasn’t revealed its source of the emails yet, it released more emails from John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman, on Monday.