Julian Assange

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60 Doctors Say Assange's Medical Situation Is Dire

They want him moved to a hospital for an assessment

(Newser) - In May, Julian Assange's attorney said the WikiLeaks founder was "far from well," so much so that he wasn't healthy enough to make court appearances via video link. Six months later, some 60-plus doctors are making an even more dire pronouncement. In a 16-page open letter... More »

Finally Some Good News for Julian Assange

Rape case in Sweden is dropped

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Sweden are no longer pursuing a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose 50-week sentence in a British prison came as a result of the allegation. The decision to drop the case came after seven witnesses were interviewed, reports the BBC . Though it described the alleged victim... More »

Assange Seems 'Confused' at Hearing

Judge denies request to push back his trial

(Newser) - Julian Assange appeared, in Reuters ' words, "confused" Monday during an extradition hearing in a London courtroom. The 48-year-old WikiLeaks founder "mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth," the news outlet says; later, when the judge asked him whether... More »

CNN Report Fuels Questions About Assange's Meetings

Records show he met with Russians; did he know who he was meeting with?

(Newser) - The former president of Ecuador who allowed Julian Assange to take refuge in the country's London embassy has admitted that the country's guest meddled in the United States' 2016 election. "We did notice that he was interfering in the elections and we do not allow that because... More »

Assange Extradition Hearing Is Slated for 2020

It's expected to last 5 days, beginning Feb. 25

(Newser) - Anyone placing bets on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US won't see a windfall or have to pay up until 2020. On Friday it was decided in Westminster Magistrates' Court that a full extradition hearing would take place beginning Feb. 25, 2020. The BBC reports it... More »

Bad News for Assange on US Extradition Order

Britain's home secretary signs off on it, and now it's up to the courts

(Newser) - When Julian Assange was arrested in April, he could be heard shouting that the US had no right to demand his extradition. He did not convince British authorities. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Thursday that he has signed off on the US extradition order, reports the Guardian . However, this does... More »

UN Expert: Assange Shows Signs of 'Psychological Torture'

Nils Melzer argues against his extradition to US

(Newser) - Julian Assange's human rights might be violated if he's extradited to the US, according to a UN expert who says the WikiLeaks founder "shows all the signs that are typical for person who has prolonged exposure to psychological torture." Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture,... More »

Lawyer: Assange Too Ill for Court Appearance

WikiLeaks expresses 'grave concerns' over founder's health

(Newser) - The legal fight on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US continues, but Assange himself is not present for it. His lawyer says he is too sick even for court appearances via video link, while WikiLeaks has expressed "grave concerns" about his health. “He’s... More »

US Hits Julian Assange With 18 New Charges

Wikileaks founder accused of violating Espionage Act

(Newser) - The US filed new charges Thursday against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of placing the United States at risk of serious harm by publishing thousands of secret and classified documents, including the names of confidential sources for American armed forces. In an 18-count, superseding indictment, Justice Department prosecutors allege... More »

WikiLeaks: US Is Seizing Assange's Possessions

Group says prosecutors are violating international law

(Newser) - WikiLeaks says American prosecutors are going to be "helping themselves" to the possessions Julian Assange left behind when he was kicked out of Ecuador's London embassy. The group says Ecuador will allow the Americans, who are seeking to extradite Assange, to confiscate items including legal documents and electronic... More »

More Legal Trouble for Julian Assange

Sweden reopens rape investigation

(Newser) - Sweden has reopened the Julian Assange rape investigation, raising the possibility of a legal tug-of-war between Stockholm and Washington over the WikiLeaks founder. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said Monday that she had decided to reopen the investigation because "there is still probable cause to... More »

Pam Anderson Visits the World's Most Wanted Man

Julian Assange receives his first social visit at London prison

(Newser) - Julian Assange received a visit from an old friend on Tuesday—none other than actor and model Pamela Anderson, CNN reports. "He does not deserve to be in a super max prison," said Anderson after seeing the WikiLeaks founder at Belmarsh high-security prison in London. "He has... More »

Court to Assange: Will You Surrender to US?

WikiLeakers founder says he'll fight extradition, and it could take months to iron out

(Newser) - Julian Assange learned Wednesday he'll have to spend nearly a year in jail in the UK for skipping out on bail seven years ago. On Thursday, he told a court that he won't go along willingly with something that could lead to a more severe punishment: extradition to... More »

He Skipped Bail 7 Years Ago. Now, Assange Hears His Fate

WikiLeaks founder sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for trying to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012

(Newser) - Raising a fist in the air as he arrived, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered a London courtroom Wednesday to find out his fate for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid getting extradited to Sweden over rape allegations , reports Al Jazeera . That fate: nearly a year in jail. The 50-week sentence... More »

Ecuador President: Assange's Bad Hygiene a Big Issue

President Lenín Moreno says he tried to use embassy as 'center for spying'

(Newser) - Julian Assange was a bad guest who attempted to turn Ecuador's embassy in London into a "center for spying." So charges Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno in an interview with the Guardian , elaborating on comments he made roughly a week before Assange's arrest. In early April,... More »

Book in Assange's Hand Is Getting Attention

Wikileaks founder held a book of interviews

(Newser) - The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made a book of interviews with Gore Vidal an unexpected best-seller, the AP reports. Assange was carrying a copy of Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State & Vidal on America when he was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadoran embassy in... More »

Old Case May Return to Haunt Assange

Sexual assault charges in Sweden could be revived against WikiLeaks founder

(Newser) - There may be more than one country looking to extradite Julian Assange now that he's in police custody . The US is already vying to get the WikiLeaks founder on its soil on hacking charges , but Sweden may also soon be in the mix if an investigation into a rape... More »

People Are Seriously Worried About Assange's Cat

He 'must be very confused about all this'

(Newser) - The Ecuadorean Embassy in London probably has matters of greater importance to handle. But its relative silence on one furry issue is leaving social media users a bit panicked. "We demand information on the fate of #EmbassyCat," reads a typical tweet referring to Julian Assange's feline and... More »

Friend: Assange Thought Trump Aides Were 'Clowns'

Extradition fight could last years

(Newser) - Julian Assange has traded Ecuador's London embassy for a British jail cell , and friend Sean Langan says the WikiLeaks co-founder is very worried about where he might end up next. Langan, a documentary filmmaker, tells ABC that on one of his many visits to the embassy, Assange expressed fears... More »

What Assange Was Shouting During Arrest

He's heard saying the UK 'must resist,' apparently in reference to his extradition to US

(Newser) - Julian Assange did not appear to go willingly when he was arrested Thursday in London. Video shown on CNN shows police officers pulling a clearly agitated Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy and ushering him into a police van. The 47-year-old Assange, seen with a full gray beard and gray hair,... More »

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