Update: Assange's internet access cut by a 'state actor,' WikiLeaks says

The organization says Ecuador cut his access at its London embassy

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking at a video press conference.

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A "state actor" has cut off internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, the transparency activist organization said Monday.

Assange's internet link has been "intentionally severed by a state party," WikiLeaks said in a tweet.

"We have activated the appropriate contingency plans," the organization added.

WikiLeaks later blamed the outage on Ecuador. Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 in an effort to avoid extradition on sexual assault allegations.

"We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access" Saturday evening, shortly after WikiLeaks published what appear to be speeches by U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Goldman Sachs, WikiLeaks tweeted late Monday.

In recent days, WikiLeaks has published thousands of leaked emails from the account of John Podesta, chairman of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign. Clinton's campaign, along with President Barack Obama's administration, have accused WikiLeaks of cooperating with Russian hackers in an effort to raise questions about the legitimacy of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

WikiLeaks didn't provide evidence of the outage or state-sponsored involvement, and it didn't name the state actor it suspects. The group's press team didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on the internet outage.

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