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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, at New Media Days 09

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks

Julian Paul Assange is an Australian hacktivist and the founder and editor-in-chief of the honorable whistle-blowing website that advocates open government known as WikiLeaks. Assange also serves on the WikiLeaks advisory board. He was born on July 3, 1971 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Support and criticismEdit

While he has faced heavy criticism for his good work, even from some liberals, he has also gotten support for individuals such as liberal m Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore who even paid for his bail, and even the Libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul is on his side.

Extradition threatEdit

The US government is embarrassed over what Julian Assange has helped leak and wants to extradite him. He has been accused of sex offenses but his supporters believe he didn't commit the offenses and the whole thing is an excuse to extradite him to the USA [1]

The European Union normally refuses to extradite people who could face the Death penalty, Julian Assange and his legal team feared he could face the death penalty if extradited to the United States but despite this he was at risk of being extradited there. [2]

As of mid August 2012 Julian Assange took refuge in the London embassy for Ecuador but the UK government refused to allow him to leave and threatened to enter the embassy and arrest him there. [3] Julian Assange spoke powerfully from a balcony of the embassy and was strongly critical of those who work to prevent Free speech. [4] [5] There is a stand off. Assange cannot leave the embassy to take up asylum in Ecuador without being arrested. Meanwhile the UK law enforcers cannot enter the embassy without serious diplomatic problems. Incidentally posturing by the UK government may have helped Correa, President of Ecuador get reelected in 2013 which The Guardian newspaper suspects was Correa's motive in granting asylum. [6]

As of Winter 2015 Julian Assange is still imprisoned in the embassy, he has also implied that he has learnt Spanish. Assange said he may soon leave the embassy but didn't say why though Assange confirmed being stuck in the embassy damaged his health. [7] We fear if he leaves he could still end up in the USA and the World awaits developments.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Julian Assange is right to fear US prosecution
  2. Assange asylum bid driven by fear of life sentence or death penalty in US
  3. Julian Assange asylum offer leads Ecuador and UK into diplomatic row
  4. Julian Assange urges US to end Wikileaks 'witch-hunt' This includes a video with part of the speech.
  5. Julian Assange appears on Ecuadorian embassy balcony The full speech
  6. Rafael Correa's domestic agenda behind Ecuador's Assange asylum
  7. Julian Assange 'to leave' Ecuador embassy

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