Former Ecuadorian President Blasts Successor For Lifting Assange's Asylum: 'The Greatest Traitor'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

President Donald Trump has consistently shifted his opinions on WikiLeaks and the organization's founder, Julian Assange.

Assange now faces extradition proceedings in the United Kingdom, which fall under the jurisdiction of the country's courts and Tory home secretary.

Assange has always denied the Swedish accusations. But Judge Napolitano said that the extradition process to the USA may take years, as the United Kingdom faces legal issues of its own. She argued that "journalism organizations should have their say". The two women who accused him said they had brief affairs with him while he was visiting the country, but that he later acted in a nonconsensual way - including having unwanted and unprotected sex with one of the women while she was asleep.

In June 2012, Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid arrest, fearing extradition to the United States. There's no allegation Assange disclosed American secrets to a foreign power with the goal of harming the US.

Assange, however, claims Russian Federation was not his source. In line with standard operating procedure in Swedish courtrooms, he was not formally charged.

Despite hailing WikiLeaks as a "treasure trove" during the 2016 campaign, Trump feigned ignorance about the website and its activities in the wake of Assange's arrest.

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11 in London. She told CNN yesterday that Assange had successfully "informed the American people about actions that were taking place that they should be aware of" and that his prosecution by USA law enforcement is "some form of retaliation".

Looking nothing like the sleek, stylish, leather-jacket wearing provocateur we've become used to, (as he appeared in 2017 in his famous balcony speech), Assange's scraggly beard and pasty and bedraggled appearance served as a dead giveaway to the effect of years of living in isolation has had on him. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson noted that the statute of limitations for the rape case would not run out until 2020.

The details were revealed during remarks by Valencia to the press on Thursday.

In a presentation before the Ecuadorian parliament on Thursday, foreign minister José Valencia listed as many as nine reasons why Assange's asylum had been lifted, the most prominent being his organization's meddling in worldwide affairs.

The indictment does not explicitly charge Assange for publication, a move that would have wide-ranging press freedom implications, but it does construe his interactions with Manning as part of a criminal conspiracy. Assange ultimately requested more information related to the password, telling Manning that while he had tried to crack it, he "had no luck so far".

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