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Julian Assange has internet access cut by Ecuador

Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy for four years. Credit: Reuters

Ecuador's government has admitted "temporarily" restricting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access at its embassy in London.

The move to restrict access came after the whistleblowing site released a batch of emails from the campaign manager of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

On Monday, Ecuador declined to comment, but a day later said it had "temporarily restricted" Assange's internet access.

However, the south American country's foreign ministry maintained it did not interfere in foreign elections but stood by its decision in 2012 to grant Mr Assange asylum.

The Ecuadorian embassy in London. Credit: PA

Assange, who is wanted for questioning in Sweden over a sex allegation, has been living inside the Ecuador's London-based embassy for more than four years.

President Rafael Correa's government said it had not been pressured into making the move to restrict Assange's internet access and had made the decision on its own.

WikiLeaks claimed that US secretary of state John Kerry wanted Assange to stop publishing documents while talks on a peace deal continued between Colombia's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and the Colombian government.

WikiLeaks said in new tweets: "Multiple US sources tell us John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations".

The Ecuadorian ministry did not give details about the type of restrictions which had been placed on Assange's internet access but stated that it would not would not change WikiLeaks' ability to carry out its journalistic activities.