The whistle blowing website said it had activated “contingency plans” after the Australian fugitive was apparently targeted by computer hackers.
Earlier today the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent posted a series of mysterious coded tweets, which it has been speculated were programmed to posted in the event of him being incapacitated or even killed.
Mr Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and the Internet is one of the only ways he has to keep in contact with his followers worldwide.
He has been cooped up in the building for more than three years as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex assault allegations. He fears that, from there, he could be extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks” activities.
Prominent figures who fear for their lives have been known to programme their communication channels to send out seemingly incomprehensible messages upon their deaths which make sense to only a select few followers.
Today WikiLeaks” official account posted three tweets – one about US Secretary of State John Kerry, one about Ecuador and one about the UK Foreign Office, each followed by a series of numbers and letters.
After the mysterious messages were posted, the whistleblowing website added: “Julian Assange”s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.”
The revelations provoked a maelstrom of speculation about the health and potential state of the WikiLeaks founder, who is hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
But now it appears that his Internet access was cut off instead, just a week after WikiLeaks released the latest instalment of the email cache of Hillary Clinton”s campaign manager John Podesta.
Mr Assange has repeatedly vowed to release dynamite information which would sink the Democrat”s bid for the White House, but her supporters have hit back and accused him of being a Kremlin puppet.
The speculation surrounding the condition of the WikiLeaks founder is not the first to be sparked by a series of cryptic tweets.
Back in August the account of fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is currently in exile in Russia, posted a similarly bemusing message.
The tweet contained a string of numbers and letters, just like WikiLeaks”, followed by a message simply saying: “It”s time.”
However, the alert later turned out to be a false alarm, with the account deleting the tweet and friends of Mr Snowden insisting he was fine.