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
According to a statement released at 12:33 a.m., the “appropriate contingency plans” were taken shortly after.
The announcement came only hours after three cryptographic hashes, used in verifying the integrity of data, were also sent out on WikiLeaks’ Twitter account.
The hashes – which concern US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ecuador and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office – led to widespread speculation over potential issues with Assange’s asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The pre-commitment tweets suggest that WikiLeaks is in possession of data concerning the aforementioned governments. Releasing the 64-character codes allows any upcoming data dumps to be verified and checked for any unwarranted alteration.
The day prior, WikiLeaks released its 9th batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.
The situation will be updated as new information becomes available.