Wilileaks internet connection cut

SUBHEAD: Julian Assange has implemented contingency plans including release of "dead Man Keys".

By Tyler Durden on 17 October 2016 for Zero Hedge -

Image above: mashup of Julian Assange in the cross hairs.  From (http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/10/breaking-julian-assange-internet-connection-cut-off-midst-podesta-clinton-document-dump/).

In what may be the first official retaliation against Julian Assange and Wikileaks since the organization started disseminating the hacked Podesta emails, this morning WikiLeaks announced it has "activated contingency" plans after Assange's internet link was intentionally cut off by a state party, WikiLeaks has said in a tweet.

There was little actual detail, aside from a subsequent tweet in which WikiLeaks called on the public to support it by donating.

Previously on Sunday, there was concern about Assange's well-being when Wikileaks tweeted out what some suggested were the "dead man keys" that are allegedly the encryption codes for highly damaging secret documents to be unveiled in the case of Assange's death.

Assange tweeted these keys:
pre-commitment 1: John Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687439aabd0219809

pre-commitment 2: Ecuador

pre-commitment 3: UK FCO f33a6de5c627e3270ed3e02f62cd0c857467a780cf6123d2172d80d02a072f74
These may have been the "contingency plans" referred to in the subsequent Wiki tweet.

Even former outspoken Trump advisor Roger Stone got involved tweeting that "John Kerry has threatened the Ecuadorian President with "grave consequences for Equador" if Assange is not silenced" adding that "Reports the Brits storm the Ecuadorian Embassy tonite while Kerry demands the UK revoke their diplomatic status so Assange can be seized."

So far this appears to be just wild speculation. The latest news in the Assange saga comes as WikiLeaks continues to release on a daily basis hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, which could ruin Clinton’s chances of becoming the next US president.

Clinton’s campaign has suggested that WikiLeaks is working together with the Russian government to help defeat them in favor of Trump.

The latest, 9th, batch comes amid revelations of Clinton’s cozy relationship with the mainstream media, and how they work closely to control the media landscape and set up stories that show her in a favorable light. Earlier this month, it emerged that Hillary Clinton reportedly wanted to “drone” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when she was the US secretary of state.

So far there had been no intervention by outside entities to attempt to silence Julian Assange, so the latest intervention "by a state party", if confirmed would be a notable escalation in the status quo, and suggests that Wikileaks may have even more damaging revelations to come.

"State Party" Internet Interuption
SUBHEAD: WikiLeaks claims 'state party' cut Assange's internet connection.

By Louis Nelson on 17 October 2016 for Politico - (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/julian-assange-internet-connection-cut-229875)

The internet connection of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been cut “by a state party,” the document-dumping organization announced Monday morning on Twitter.

In a post to its Twitter account, WikiLeaks did not announce which state party had cut the internet connection.

Assange has lived inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, where he has remained in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted in connection with a rape allegation.

Assange has said he fears he would be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges if he were to step outside the Ecuadorian Embassy.

WikiLeaks has taken on a greater role in the presidential election in recent days, releasing thousands of pages of allegedly hacked emails from the personal account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Neither the Clinton campaign nor Podesta himself has verified the authenticity of the emails, which detail the inner working of the former secretary of state’s White House bid.

Podesta is far from the only high-level political figure to become the target of online hackers.

An attack on the email systems of the Democratic National Committee yielded embarrassing messages that led to the resignation of committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just days before the start of her party’s nominating convention in Philadelphia.

And emails belonging to former Secretary of State Colin Powell exposed his criticisms of both Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government blamed those attacks and others on Russia, whose “thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said.

That the emails have been hacked almost exclusively from Democratic sources has led many to assume that the attacks are intended to favor Trump, seen as friendlier candidate to the Russian government.

Podesta said it was a “reasonable conclusion” that Roger Stone, a Trump ally who has spoken to Assange, has been given advance warning of the leaks. Both Stone and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence have denied any connection to any email hacking.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said last week that he could not specifically tie Podesta’s hacked emails to the Russian government since their publication did not begin until after the U.S. had released its intelligence assessment on the other attacks.

In its Tweet announcing that Assange’s internet connection had been severed, WikiLeaks said that it had “activated the appropriate contingency plans.”
Any impediment to WikiLeaks' posting abilities caused by the cutting of Assange's internet connection appeared remedied by Monday afternoon, when the organization posted another batch of allegedly hacked Podesta emails to its website.

WikiLeaks had previously been posting such batches in the morning but waited until the afternoon on Monday to release its latest group of emails.

The group claimed on Twitter later on Monday that Ecuador was behind the disruption, without offering any evidence.

"We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speechs," the group tweeted.

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