WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reportedly has regained some of his ability to communicate with the outside world months after the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he resides limited his access.
The secrets-leaking organization declared Sunday that Ecuador had rolled back Assange's isolation after a meeting between two senior United Nations officials and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.
The isolation began in March, after the Ecuadorian government claimed Assange had run afoul of “a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states."
At the time, his access to the Internet and phones had been removed, as well as his ability to accept visitors. It's unclear what mode of communication Assange has regained and what he has not, though some reports said it was Internet access that he got back.
Assange’s relationship with Ecuadorian embassy authorities had taken a turn for the worse in recent months and Ecuador’s president said in an interview over the summer that he was negotiating Assange’s fate with British authorities.
Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012, avoiding extradition to Sweden where authorities wanted to question him over allegations of sexual assault and rape. Sweden has since dropped the investigation, but Assange has remained in the embassy, fearing the U.S. would seek to arrest and extradite him over WikiLeaks’ release of classified documents.
He was replaced as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks in September by spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson.
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