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Ecuador cuts off Julian Assange's internet access

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London
Julian Assange speaks at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in May, 2017 Photo: Jack Taylor / Getty

Ecuador announced Wednesday that it is cutting off internet access to Julian Assange because of his continued public support for Catalan independence. The Ecuadorean government objects to Assange putting relations with other European countries at risk.

Why it matters: While holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London under asylum status, Assange still wields a big platform by tweeting frequently for his 780,000 Twitter followers. He has positioned himself as a leader of select political causes, including Catalan separatism.