Julian Assange is one of the most controversial people in the world. Some people consider him to be a criminal and a hacker, others believe that Assange is trying to bring truth to the society. One fact is true: this man has definitely made into the history with his bald, yet brilliant development – the site WikiLeaks.
Why did Assange spend 7 years in the Embassy of Ecuador in London?
“Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States,” is stated in the official press release of the US Department of Justice.
Basically, it is claimed that 9 years ago, Julian Assange partnered up with Chelsea Manning, a member of the analytical unit in the US Army. The two, allegedly, used the connections of Manning to break into the secret databases of the American organizations of the highest rank.
As we all know, this resulted in the leakage of thousands of classified documents, which revealed multiple war crimes, corruption cases and a lot of dirt on the most influential figures in the country. The information published on WikiLeaks prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming the president of the United States.
After the data was published, Assange became persona non grata in the America and seeked asylum in many countries, finally settling in Great Britain, but technically in the country – in the Embassy of Ecuador.
The founder of WikiLeaks spent 7 years, not being able to leave the house, but then Ecuador had a new president who was not as friendly towards Assange as his predecessor was. Assange was immediately arrested by London police and might soon be extradited to the United States.
Hacking or journalism?
Many journalists, lawyers and just concerned people believe that indictment against Assange is wrong and unlawful. The document says that the founder of WikiLeaks assisted Chelsea Manning in the procedure of hacking the computers containing classified data.
Meanwhile, what Assange actually did was help her create a different account for the purposes mentioned above, to protect her anonymity. Protecting sources and their anonymity is one of the core duties of every journalist.
Thus, many people are certain that this loud case poses a real threat to the freedom of press and journalism. Some Londoners have already started demonstrations and demand to release Julian Assange.
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