Wikileaks is accusing Ecuador and the U.S. State Department of trying to stop its founder, Julian Assange, from revealing controversial documents that could jeopardize Hillary Clinton’s presidential run with three weeks to go before the election.
On Saturday, Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador has blocked Assange’s internet access at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. It happened shortly after the fugitive whistleblower published a series of speeches that Clinton delivered at Goldman Sachs.
Ecuador’s president isn’t on the best terms with the U.S., but has said he backs Clinton over Trump. “For the good of the U.S. I’d like Hillary Clinton to win,” Correa said in an interview with Russian media outlet RT on Sept. 30. “I know her personally and I appreciate her.”
On Tuesday morning Wikileaks took its accusation a step further and said the plan to silence Assange was orchestrated by Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Colombia for the Sept. 26 peace-treaty ceremony.
According to the document-leaking website, which has published hundreds of secret diplomatic cables, Kerry met with Ecuadorean officials on the sidelines of the Colombia meeting and apparently asked them to stop Assange from publishing documents related to Clinton. The information is credited to unidentified “US sources.”
Neither Secretary Kerry, nor the governments of the U.S. or Ecuador have responded to Wikileaks allegations.
Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador’s London embassy since June of 2012. He’s been granted political asylum by the South American nation, but can’t leave the embassy without risking arrest by British authorities, who would extradite him to Sweden where police want to question him over sexual assault allegations.
Assange fears that the Swedes would turn him over to U.S. authorities, who may charge him with conspiracy.
Ecuador’s foreign affairs ministry said on Monday that it has not reneged its political asylum to Assange, and will continue to “protect” the Wikileaks founder in their embassy.