Ecuador 'partly restores' internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WION Web Team London, UK Oct 15, 2018, 09.18 AM(IST)

The doctors' verdict has led to speculation that Assange, who was recently given Ecuadorean citizenship, is pushing to get to Ecuador. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Assange has been huddled in the Ecuador embassy since 2012

The Ecuador government has decided to "partially restore" internet access to  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been living in the Ecuador embassy at London for the past six years.

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WikiLeaks said although communication is partly restored but the Ecuadorian government still limits Assange's his freedom of expression.

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“Ecuador has told WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange that it will remove the isolation regime imposed on him following meetings between two senior UN officials and Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno on Friday,” WikiLeaks said in a statement.

Assange has been huddled in the Ecuador embassy since 2012 after the Swedish government moved rape molestation case against him, although the case was dropped later but Assange fears he could be extradited by UK authorities and deported to the US where he faces criminal investigation for leaking US military and government files online.

Reacting to the development, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said: “It is positive that through UN intervention Ecuador has partly ended the isolation of Assange although it is of grave concern that his freedom to express his opinions is still limited, adding, "the UN has already declared Mr Assange a victim of arbitrary detention. This unacceptable situation must end."