Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks – the international online not-profit journalistic organisation that published classified military documents on the Iraq and Afghan wars and multiple other form of secret information – has announced that he will “soon” be leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he found refuge in 2010 .
A quick reminder of Assange story: Julian Assange founded Wikileaks in 2006 with the idea of “bringing important news and information to the public…One of (our) most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth” (e.g Wikileaks’ mission). This is to fulfil that mission that Wikileaks started to publish in 2006 very specific piece of information such as:
- The protocol of the U.S Army at the Guantanamo Bat Detention Camps that revealed that some prisoners were off-limits to the International Committee of the Red Cross, something the U.S had repeatedly denied
- The content of a Yahoo account belonging to Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign that had been hacked by members of the hackers group – Anonymous.
- Kaupthing Bank documents that show suspicious transfers of large amount of money to bank owners in Iceland and large debts being written off prior to the collapse of Iceland’s banking sector
- 92,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2009 detailing individual incidents including “friendly fire” and civilian casualties.
- In October 2010, more than 400,000 documents relating to the Iraq war were leaked which has been described by the U.S government as “the largest leak of classified documents in its history.”
All those controversial publication of the “hidden” truth quickly turned Julian Assange into a well-known figure. However since 2010, Assange has found refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid being arrested for unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of lesser-degree rape alleged to have been committed against two women in Sweden during summer 2010. Assange is said to have flee Sweden not for fear of facing Swedish Justice but for fear of being eventually handed over to the U.S where he could be sentenced to life in prison or even death for the leakage of top secret documents related to the nation security.
But after several years of a like locked, Assange announced that he will be leaving the Embassy soon without giving much more details. Do that mean that the UK will arrest him and send him back to Sweden who will prosecute him? Does that mean the US will eventually try to prosecute and sentence him for the leakage like they did with Bradley Manning who has been sentenced 35 years in prison for handing top secret documents? Nothing is really certain as of now but Julian Assange’s future will for sure be agitated