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November 26, 2013
The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials.

Julian Assange unlikely to face U.S. charges over publishing classified documents (via jcstearns)

So things are looking up for the guy in the Ecuadoran Embassy.

0:15 // 8 months ago
July 17, 2013

Here it is: The trailer to the new Wikileaks movie, “The Fifth Estate,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the man in question, Julian Assange. As you might guess, Wikileaks has already commented on this(via @AlexJamesFitz)

14:13 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2013
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.
Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
14:01 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2013
We are in touch with [Edward] Snowden frequently, and we are involved in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland.
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, in a press conference earlier this week. Perhaps Assange—who’s still holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy after more than a year—will be able to work out a comfier arrangement for Snowden than he has for himself. source
10:28 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2013
thedailywhat:

You Saw This Coming of the Day: Julian Assange Will Run for Office as a Member of Wikileaks Party

Wikileaks’ larger-than-life founder Julian Assange has officially filed paperwork to run for a seat in the Australian Senate and may actually have a chance at winning. Assange will be running as a member of the country’s new Wikileaks Party while living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding for several months to avoid extradition to Sweden. So how’s Assange running for an office from overseas? The Age explains:

“Australian citizens living overseas can enrol to vote as an overseas elector, and consequently run as a Senate candidate if they left Australia within the past three years and intend to return within six years of their date of departure.”



We’re curious how election to the Australian Senate would impact Assange’s current status, holed up as he is in London’s Ecuadorian embassy at present. Would being a Senator from a foreign country somehow grant him enough legal protection to leave the embassy for Australia, without being halted by British authorities, or extradited to Sweden as he fears? We’re continuing to keep an eye on this.

thedailywhat:

You Saw This Coming of the Day: Julian Assange Will Run for Office as a Member of Wikileaks Party

Wikileaks’ larger-than-life founder Julian Assange has officially filed paperwork to run for a seat in the Australian Senate and may actually have a chance at winning. Assange will be running as a member of the country’s new Wikileaks Party while living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding for several months to avoid extradition to Sweden. So how’s Assange running for an office from overseas? The Age explains:

“Australian citizens living overseas can enrol to vote as an overseas elector, and consequently run as a Senate candidate if they left Australia within the past three years and intend to return within six years of their date of departure.”

We’re curious how election to the Australian Senate would impact Assange’s current status, holed up as he is in London’s Ecuadorian embassy at present. Would being a Senator from a foreign country somehow grant him enough legal protection to leave the embassy for Australia, without being halted by British authorities, or extradited to Sweden as he fears? We’re continuing to keep an eye on this.

15:16 // 1 year ago
January 22, 2013
amyohconnor:

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in a still from the upcoming Julian Assange biopic “The Fifth Estate”.

I’m sure the Wikileaks Twitter account is currently raging about how Benedict Cumberbatch looks nothing like Assange.

amyohconnor:

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in a still from the upcoming Julian Assange biopic “The Fifth Estate”.

I’m sure the Wikileaks Twitter account is currently raging about how Benedict Cumberbatch looks nothing like Assange.

15:07 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American teargas out of their eyes (during the Arab Spring) to hear that the U.S. supported change in the Middle East. It’s time for President Obama to keep his word … and for the U.S. to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange • In a video feed, aired at the United Nations on Wednesday, mocking Obama’s UN speech, which encouraged free speech in the Middle East. His point? Wikileaks certainly didn’t get a free-speech pass from the U.S. government; in fact, he says Obama has “done more to criminalize free speech than any other U.S. president.” Ouch.
9:24 // 1 year ago
August 31, 2012
I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy … The Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario. Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened they could drop the case.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange • Speaking about his situation in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he’s been granted asylum but effectively can’t leave. He thinks that it’ll eventually work itself out, but he’ll probably be stuck in the embassy for as long as six months to a year.
8:39 // 1 year ago
August 22, 2012
I don’t want to judge allegations that have not been proven and would not, in any case, be considered a felony in Latin American, too. It has never been the intention of the Ecuadorean government for Julian Assange not to respond to those allegations.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa • Agreeing with many critics of Ecuador, following the country’s decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, that the Wikileaks founder should face the allegations of rape which have been leveled against him. While Correa agrees that Assange should not flee from authorities, he also restated his belief that Ecuador’s diplomatic sovereignty should continue to be respected the United Kingdom and other countries. Some inside of Ecuador have accused Correa of grandstanding, by offering asylum to a known whistleblower in an effort to deflect criticism he faces for closing several radio and television networks across Ecuador, ahead of presidential elections this fall.  source (viafollow)
18:50 // 1 year ago
August 21, 2012
It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.
George Galloway, Respect Member of Parliament for Bradford West • During a video blog expressing his support for Julian Assange following widespread anger over the Wikileaks founder’s decision to seek political asylum in Ecuador. Galloway’s comments have been widely condemned by fellow British politicians, including Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Jo Swinson, who told reporters that she couldn’t believe an MP would “be so grossly irresponsible as to suggest that sex without consent is anything other than rape.” source (viafollow)
22:01 // 1 year ago