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    ‘Speaks Truth’: Twitter Users Come to Assange’s Defense After Internet Shut Off

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    Twitter users stood up in defense of Julian Assange, who has been cut off from internet access and communications by Ecuadorian officials.

    Many Twitter users shouted out in defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is isolated in the Embassy of Ecuador. He can't read their support, of course, since the government of Ecuador announced Wednesday that it has shut down Assange's internet connection and other means of outside communication.

    The Twitter posts, united by hashtag #ReconnectJulian, demand that Ecuador restore Assange's internet connection.

    A Tweet by Caitlin Johnstone says Ecuador's decision double-crosses the idea of political asylum, as Assange has been given asylum for "speaking truth using the internet" in the first place.

    ​Kim Dotcom, a self-professed longtime Assange supporter, addressed Ecuador's government directly, praising Ecuador's commitment to provide Assange with shelter for years, but saying it is committing a "grave mistake" now.

    ​Following Kim's lead, many users addressed Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, directly.

    ​As for comments, it appears that the tweets gained significant support, with critics calling Assange a "traitor" and, most surprisingly, "Russian," being in minority.

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