On Tuesday evening, Ecuador's foreign affairs minister confirmed what many had suspected—that the country had cut off the internet access of Julian Assange, to whom it has offered political asylum at its embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden involving allegations of rape and molestation. In a statement, the minister said it took the action because "WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting the U.S. election campaign."
BREAKING: Ecuador admits it cut off Assange's internet due to his use of it to interfere in the U.S. election. pic.twitter.com/VNJ6sdHhHj— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) October 18, 2016
The diplomatic digital dustup has inspired plenty of humor. British stand-up comic Bobby Mair is standing outside of the embassy building "reading the internet" to Assange through a megaphone: