Assange's internet cut after leak of Clinton documents

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had his internet access cut off after his platform leaked documents about US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the website said Monday.

The website, known for leaking confidential information, at first said on its Twitter feed that the internet had been cut by a "state party," but later clarified that the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has sought asylum, had cut the internet access.

The incident prompted questions about whether the move was part of US efforts to retaliate against Russia for the alleged hacking of Democratic Party computers earlier this year.

"I'm not in a position to confirm whether that is true or not just because I'm not in a position to confirm or deny any sort of classified operation on the part of the United States of America," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, but implied US President Barack Obama was still weighing the response for the hacking.

NBC News reported on Saturday that US intelligence officials were preparing a possible cyber attack against Russia in response to Russian hackers' alleged attempts to influence the US election.

The CIA is preparing options for Obama for a "clandestine" operation to "embarrass" Moscow, the broadcaster reported, citing unnamed US intelligence officials.

The US government said this month that the Russian government, possibly at the highest level, had directed recentcompromises of email systems used by US political organizations.

The intrusions include a well-publicized hack of Democratic Party emails in July, which exposed favouritism within the top echelons of the party for Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders.

Last update: Mon, 17/10/2016 - 23:12
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