Co-Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange arrested in London
Co-Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange arrested in London on 12 April 2019. He arrested from the Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain. Furthermore, Assange has been holed up in the Embassy of Ecuador. Because he was avoiding a warrant against him since 2012. Also he is facing rape allegation against him. However, he denied the charges and remained in the embassy.
After his arresting, The United States of America is looking for his extradition in his country. But WikiLeaks blamed the Ecuadorian government for money dealing with the US on Julian Assange.
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Julian Paul Assange is an Australian journalist and the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange describes himself as an advocate of information transparency and market libertarianism.
Biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Julian Paul Assange is an Australian Journalist and a Programmer. In contrast, he is also Founder and Director of Wikileaks. Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. It is an International non-profit organization. It is mainly for revealing war crimes, human rights abuses, and corruption. In 2010, Wikileaks came to international attention. Because it published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning.
What happened inside the Court?
In 2012, he was unable to prove himself for the charge of failing to surrender to the court. Therefore, finding Assange as a victim of that charge, District Judge Michael Snow said Assange’s behavior was “the behavior of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest”.
The History of WikiLeaks
Julian Assange started WikiLeaks along with his friends in 2006. He was Editor-in-chief of this organization. WikiLeaks website published secret information without disclosing the sources. While, some of the highly popular revelations by WikiLeaks are Russian Spy files, corruption across the Arab World, a drone strike in Yemen, etc.
WikiLeaks had published millions of secret information across the world. Hence, there are several debates about WikiLeaks activities whether it’s legal or not.
Charges on Julian Assange
Allegations in Sweden: Assange did Unlawful coercion, Sexual Molestation, and Rape. Assange had badly molested an injured girl on 13-14 August 2010. Rather, he had improper intercourse with her without her knowledge on 17th August.
Allegations in the United Kingdom: Assange was Failing to Surrender to Court. In June 2012, he was failing to surrender to court. Ecuadorian ambassador invited London’s Metropolitan Police and they arrested him.
Allegations in the United States: Assange had the conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Assange was accused of concurring to help the former army Chelsea Manning. Above all, he broke the password of Defence Department in 2010.
Awards and Honours to Julian Assange
- In 2008, Assange received The Economist New Media Award
- In 2009, He received Amnesty International UK Media Awards
- In 2010, He received Time Person of the Year, Reader’s Choice
- In 2010, He received Sam Adams Award
- In 2010, He received Le Monde Readers’ Choice Award for Person of the Year
- In 2011, He received Free Dacia Award
- In 2011, He received Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal
- In 2011, He received Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism
- In 2011, He received Voltaire Award for Free Speech
- In 2012, He received Big Brother Award Italy 2012 “Hero of Privacy”
- In 2013, He received Global Exchange Human Rights Award, People’s Choice
- In 2013, He received Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts
- In 2013, He received New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films, Silver World Medal
- In 2014, He received Union of Journalists in Kazakhstan Top Prize
Julian’s Books and Bibliography
- Nick Cohen, You Can’t Read this Book: Censorship in an age of Freedom in 2012.
- Suelette Dreyfus, Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier in 1997, with research by Julian Assange.
- Andrew Fowler, The Most Dangerous Man in the World: The Explosive True Story of Julian Assange and the Lies, Cover-ups, and Conspiracies He Exposed in 2011.
- David Leigh and Luke Harding, Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy in 2011.
- Andrew O’Hagan, Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography in 2011.
- Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Addiction on the Electronic Frontier in 1997.
- Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet in 2012 OR Books.
- When Google Met Wikileaks in 2014 OR Books.
- The Wikileaks Files: The World According to The US Empire in 2015 Verso Books.
Conclusion on Jullian Assange’s Arrest
Social Media is the fourth pillar of State. It acts as a pillar of Democracy. Media should be independent. The arresting of Julian Assange is the killing of independence of media. The US government used his economic power against freedom of speech by arresting of Julian Assange.