LONDON — Midway through releasing a series of damaging disclosures about U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his hosts at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London cut him off from the internet.

The news adds another layer of intrigue to a campaign that has been roiled by dramatic leaks and allegations of state-sponsored subversion.

The group claimed Tuesday on Twitter that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had personally intervened to ask Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing documents about Clinton. The State Department pushed back on the claims.

“While our concerns about Wikileaks are longstanding, any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down Wikileaks is false,” agency spokesman John Kirby said.

Assange has been at the embassy suite for more than four years after skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released more emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, suggesting that it is still able to publish.


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