The WikiLeaks hacking organization announced today that founder Julian Assange's internet connection has been severed by an unknown government. The organization, which has released hundreds of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff, had few other details available. Assange has been the guest of the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the last four years, ever since he sought asylum there after escaping extradition to answer sex crimes allegations.
Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016
Assange has continued to offer details of the inner workings of the Clinton campaign, including emails from campaign chairman John Podesta. Among the revelations was that Podesta once lamented that it was a Muslim couple, instead of a white American, who carried out the deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino last year. Other emails have demonstrated the close relationship her organization enjoys with George Soros -- the Hungarian-American tycoon who funds various progressive and leftist advocacy groups. AP reported that calls, texts, and emails left with WikiLeaks went unanswered today. The Metropolitan Police of London declined to comment.
Over the weekend, WikiLeaks released the eighth batch of what are purportedly Podesta's emails. WikiLeaks says it has more than 50,000 emails in total to be released. So far, Clinton’s campaign has not confirmed that the hacked emails are real. Some government sources are attributing the hack to Russia and that Russia is seeking to promote Donald Trump's candidacy. Democrat Hillary Clinton has also publicly made that connection.
In November 2015, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) asked during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee whether the Federal Communications Commission is authorized to block websites and social media accounts. In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Barton, "We cannot underestimate the challenge," and added, "I'm not sure our authority extends to [shut down the websites], but I do think there are specific things we can do."
Wheeler told Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) that the FCC does not have the authority to target the social media accounts of gang members in the US. "We do not have jurisdiction over Facebook and all the other edge providers. We do not intend to assert jurisdiction over them," Wheeler said. However, Wheeler did say he would contact tech CEOs, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, to press them on the issue.