The Ecuadorean government of President Lenin Moreno has left Wikileaks founder Julian Assange without access to the internet at their embassy in London, it was reported Wednesday. The decision was made following Assange's recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of a Catalonian separatist leader.
In a statement, the Quito authorities explained that Assange's recent posts jeopardise Ecuador's good relations with nations throughout Europe which led to the interrution of his internet access in order to prevent any potential harm.
The Ecuadorean government believes Assange's behaviour, through his messages on social media, put at risk good relations which this country has with the UK, the rest of the EU and other nations, it said in a statement on Twitter.
Mr Assange had signed a written agreement not to send any messages that might undermine Ecuador's relationships with other countries, it said.
Assange has since gone silent on social media.
Ecuador granted Assange asylum in the South American nation's London embassy in 2012, where he has remained cooped up ever since. Ecuador has repeatedly tried to find a solution that would allow Assange to leave without the threat of arrest, but with no success. He remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail and also fears a possible U.S. extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.
Assange's internet access was also interrupted in 2016 after a WikiLeaks dump targeting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Former President Rafael Correa hailed Assange's work but his successor Moreno, who took office in May 2017, has called him a hacker and warned him not to meddle in politics.