WikiLeaks said Monday that the internet link of its founder, Julian Assange, was “intentionally severed by a state party” and that they have activated “appropriate contingency plans” in response.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (Carl Court/Getty Images)
In a Tweet, WikiLeaks did not accuse a specific “state party.”
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
The organization's statement came shortly after it posted three vague messages, which Fox News reported as "cryptic":
The website’s announcement came hours after it published three cryptic tweets. The messages referenced Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers.
pre-commitment 1: John Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687439aabd0219809— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 16, 2016
pre-commitment 2: Ecuador— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 16, 2016
pre-commitment 3: UK FCO f33a6de5c627e3270ed3e02f62cd0c857467a780cf6123d2172d80d02a072f74— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 16, 2016
Since 2012, Assange has lived inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces a rape allegation.
WikiLeaks recently published thousands of hacked emails purportedly belonging to John Podesta, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.