The government of President Lenin Moreno has decided to partially restore communications for the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, as reported by the organization in a statement issued this morning. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador has not informed it officially and there is no comment on the matter so far.
Assange’s communications at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he has been isolated since 2012, were cut in March, denying him access to the Internet or telephones and limiting visitors to members of his legal team.
The Ecuadorian government said in March that it had acted because Assange had breached “a written commitment with the government in late 2017 not to issue messages that could interfere with other states.”
Wikileaks said in a statement: “Ecuador told the editor of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, that he will eliminate the solitary confinement imposed on him after the meetings between two senior UN officials and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Friday.”
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, added: “It is positive that through the intervention of the UN, Ecuador has ended in part with the isolation of Assange, although it is of great concern that his freedom to express his opinions is still limited.” (I)