WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Arrested after Seven Years

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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Arrested after Seven Years

Julian Assange being carried out of Ecuadorian Embassy

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Julian Assange being carried out of Ecuadorian Embassy

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Julian Assange being carried out of Ecuadorian Embassy

Jacob Pieczynski, Contributor

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WikiLeaks is a global phenomenon. The site is known for its attempt to make information free, scandals known, and hypocritical politicians regret their actions. The site has been around for years and is most famous for releasing the infamous Hillary Clinton emails as well as the John Podesta emails. Julian Assange is the founder of the sometimes shady site. An activist and highly talented computer programmer, Assange started the site back in 2007, but his digital activism career began years before.

In 1991, Assange was charged with more than thirty hacking charges in his home nation of Australia when he hacked into the telecommunication company Nortel. He was only charged a fine to recoup damages. He continued with a passion for computing and attended the University of Melbourne where he later dropped out for “moral reasons” (Biography.com). He began work on WikiLeaks in 2006 and the site was officially launched in 2007. It made the news later that year for releasing U.S. military documents about its actions at Guantanamo Bay and in 2008 made the news again for releasing emails then-vice president Sarah Palin received.

In 2010, Assage was accused of sexual assault charges in Sweden. After a warrant was released, he turned himself into the police. While on bail, he made an appeal to his arrest warrant and when it was turned down while he was out on bail, he decided to bring the case to the U.K. Supreme Court. To avoid extradition to Sweden, Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has lived for the past seven years. In 2017, all charges were dropped.

In April of this year, Ecuador revoked Assange’s asylum. They claimed he has been consistently disrespecting the country and being a generally rude guest. They also claimed that Assange has been using the embassy as a “center for spying” (AOL). There was even video of him trying, but failing, to skateboard inside his room and causing a ruckus in the embassy. Days after his asylum was revoked, the British police forcefully dragged Assange out of the consulate and took him to a local prison, where he is now residing.  Now, several countries are fighting for his extradition, including the United States, which wants him on charges related to treason.

Many feel that his arrest sets a bad precedent for journalism. Some are saying that due to his arrest, it sets a precedent that a government can arrest an individual who reveals potentially harmful information, even though that is one of the roles of a good journalist. Others are saying that this does not impede free speech as some of the information he releases is confidential and can be incredibly damaging to a country and its affairs. Either way,  there are many ways of looking at the Assange arrest and many are worried about what is to come.

https://www.biography.com/activist/julian-assange

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/04/18/ecuadors-president-gives-bizarre-reason-for-revoking-julian-assanges-asylum/23713997/

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