Julian Assange

Julian Assange (3 July 1971) is an Australian editor, publisher, and activist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. In 2010 WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. US Department of Justice forced Assange to claim asylum in the Ecuador embassy (London) June 2012. He remained confined to a corner of the embassy for 7 years but on 11-April-2019 a new Ecuadorean government withdrew asylum and UK police entered the embassy to arrest him.

Since arrest the US has sought Assange’s extradition to America but to date the UK court has refused the extradition order, citing likelihood Assange would face torture and/or at risk of dying in the US special criminal penitentiary. Assange is being held at Belmarsh high-security prison, solitary confinement and other cruel and unusual treatment. Leaks included the Baghdad airstrike Collateral Murder video (April 2010), the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and Cablegate (November 2010).