Julian Assange - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Julian Assange

ARTICLE FINDER

Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:46 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be sentenced to spend up to 175 years in a US prison if convicted on all charges filed under the US Espionage Act

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Ecuador court orders release of Swede linked to Assange

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The court will require Bini to periodically appear before authorities and bans him from leaving the country as investigations continue over his alleged hacking attacks

RELEASED. Ola Bini, a Swedish national accused of an alleged cyber-attack and who is close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, gestures before the appeal hearing to his order of preventive detention, at the Provincial Court of Pichincha in Quito, on May 2, 2019. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Assange faces February 2020 U.S. extradition hearing

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

In his first court appearance since being sensationally dragged out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London in April, Julian Assange tells the court: '175 years of my life is effectively at stake'

JULIAN ASSSANGE. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK minister signs U.S. bid to extradite Assange

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The final decision on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited will rest with the courts

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

U.S. charges against Assange to be unveiled on Friday

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:56 PM

The US Justice Department confirms it had submitted a formal extradition request, though Julian Assange is not expected to attend Friday's hearing, but could take part from prison via video link

JULIAN ASSANGE. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange over 2010 rape case

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Uppsala district court says the fact that Julian Assange is currently in prison in Britain means he does not need to be formally detained in Sweden to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Ecuador court denies bail to accused hacker linked to Assange

May 30, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The Ecuadorian government accuses Ola Bini of plotting to attack computer systems in the country

OLA BINI. Ola Bini, a Swedish national accused of an alleged cyber-attack and who is close to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, gestures before the appeal hearing to his order of preventive detention, at the Provincial Court of Pichincha in Quito, on May 2, 2019. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Does Assange indictment set dangerous precedent for journalists?

May 25, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day – seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,' says law professor Sonja West

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on April 23, 2019 an activist holds a placard next to others while forming a human chain calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

U.S. charges Julian Assange with violating Espionage Act

May 24, 2019 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) WikiLeaks denounces the charges as 'an unprecedented attack on the global free press' and an 'extraterritorial application of US law'

NEW CHARGES. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. File photo by Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP

Swedish prosecutor issues formal request to hold Assange on rape suspicion

May 20, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The Swedish investigation concerns events which took place in 2010 when a Swedish woman accused Julian Assange of rape, after meeting him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Assange begins UK fight against U.S. extradition

May 02, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) 'I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people,' Julian Assange tells the judge

LONDON COURT. WikiLeaks' Editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson (centre left), and barrister Jennifer Robinson, address members of the media outside of Southwark Crown Court in London on May 1, 2019, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. A British judge on Wednesday sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Assange took refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden and was only arrested last month after Ecuador withdrew his asylum status. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Assange jailed for 50 weeks for UK bail breach

May 01, 2019 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Julian Assange, who was arrested on April 11 after Ecuador gave him up, will serve the nearly one-year sentence while fighting a separate attempt to transfer him to the United States

JULIAN ASSSANGE.  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Assange lawyers file 'extortion' complaint in Spain court

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Spanish media reports say 4 Spaniards have videos and personal documents of Julian Assange

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Ecuador says it's been hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Hardest-hit are the foreign ministry, the central bank, the president's office, the internal revenue service, and several ministries and universities

Assange will cooperate with Sweden, but fight U.S. warrant – lawyer

Apr 14, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'The key issue at the moment is United States extradition, which we have warned about for many years,' lawyer Jennifer Robinson says

Assange's father calls on Australia to bring him home

Apr 14, 2019 - 1:28 PM

John Shipton says he was shocked to see the state of his son Julian Assange when the latter was arrested in London

FAR FROM HOME. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

MPs urge UK to cooperate with Sweden in Assange case

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'Julian Assange skipping bail in UK, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities shouldn't be ignored,' says Labor Party home affairs spokeswoman Diane Abbott

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Assange held in London jail ahead of long legal fight

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) A legal source familiar with the case tells Agence France-Presse that Julian Assange is being held at Belmarsh prison in southeast London

ASSANGE. A view of Wandsworth prison in southwest London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is believed to be held according to media reports on April 12, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Julian Assange lawyer accuses U.S. of 'persecution'

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:13 AM

'The threats against Julian Assange for political reasons, persecution on the part of the United States, are more current than ever,' says Assange lawyer Baltasar Garzon

ARRESTED. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Quito withdraws Assange's Ecuador citizenship

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Minister Jose Valencia says the Ecuadoran government withdrew the citizenship it had granted Assange in 2017 'due to various irregularities found in his paperwork'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's Ecuadoran stay

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Julian Assange has been living at Ecuador's embassy in London's plush Knightsbridge district since 2012

ASSANGE IN ECUADOR. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Assange arrested in London on U.S. extradition request

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Footage shot by the Russian video news agency Ruptly shows a frantic-looking Julian Assange being huddled out of the building by burly men in suits and pulled into one of two waiting police vans

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on June 19, 2016 shows the building housing the Ecuadorian embassy in central London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hold up for years. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Ex-Trump campaign chair denies meeting WikiLeaks' Assange

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,' Paul Manafort says in reaction to a report by 'The Guardian'

MEETING WITH ASSANGE? In this file photo taken on June 15, 2018 Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chief, arrives for a hearing at US District Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Julian Assange charged in U.S. – WikiLeaks

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The exact nature of the charges against Assange is not immediately known

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Assange's communications to be partly restored by Ecuador government

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The Wikileaks founder was stopped from using the internet or a mobile phone to communicate with the outside world in March.

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Ecuador, Britain in talks over Assange fate

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'Mr. Assange has been in this situation for over 5 years and we have to find a way out for him,' says Ecuador President Lenin Moreno

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Bots, Assange, an alliance: Has Russian propaganda infiltrated the Philippines?

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) A Russian-linked Twitter account used to interfere in polls in Spain is now tweeting exclusively about the Philippines – one of several disturbing developments that may suggest Kremlin propaganda in the country

Assange loses new bid to cancel UK arrest warrant

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) In a court in the British capital, Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejects Julian Assange's lawyers' argument that upholding the warrant was no longer in the public interest.

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the 46-year-old Australian, who has been holed up at the embassy for 5 years to avoid arrest, became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12. File photo

U.K. denies Assange diplomatic status after Ecuador request

Jan 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

'The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK. The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter,' the British foreign ministry says in a statement.

STUCK. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

WikiLeaks founder's Twitter account briefly vanishes

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Julian Assange's account disappears before reappearing more than 12 hours later

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Assange told not to interfere in Catalonia – Ecuador president

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:50 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has angered Madrid by using Twitter to pump out messages of support for Catalonia's independence drive and accuse Spain's central government of 'repression'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP

Son of slain Malta whistleblower assails 'complicit' PM

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Matthew Caruana Galizia, himself a journalist involved in digesting the Panama Papers, says his mother had been assassinated for doing her job in investigating alleged corruption

CAR BOMBING AFTERMATH. Matthew Caruana Galizia (C) and Peter Caruana Galizia (2ndL), son and husband of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and policemen walk past the wreckage of a car bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on October 16, 2017.

Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of blunting impact of crude Trump tape

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:01 AM

The former US secretary of state's devastating election loss to Trump remains raw and she again lashes out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy

In this file photo, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins SiriusXM for a town hall event hosted by Zerlina Maxwell at SiriusXM Studios on September 25, 2017 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

Lawmaker offered White House deal to let off Assange – report

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:01 PM

The Wall Street Journal says Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher told WikiLeaks' Julian Assange that in exchange, he would receive a 'pardon or other act of clemency' from President Donald Trump

MIDDLE MAN. A report says Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher offers a White House deal to Julian Assange. Photo from Rohrabacher's Facebook page

Ecuador's Moreno warns Assange not to interfere in politics

May 26, 2017 - 10:18 AM

His status does not allow him to talk about the politics of any country let alone ours says Ecuador s new president Lenin Moreno

NEW PRESIDENT. Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno (R), accompanied by Bolivian President Evo Morales (C), is handed a ceremonial staff - a traditional symbol of leadership - during an indigenous ritual at the Cochasqui pyramids in northern Ecuador on May 25, 2017. Photo by Juan Cevallos/AFP

Swedish prosecutors drop rape probe against WikiLeaks' Assange

May 19, 2017 - 5:46 PM

UPDATED Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape by Julian Assange the prosecutor s office says in a statement

ASSANGE. Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin. File photo by Steffi Loos/AFP

Ecuador socialist Moreno wins presidency, rival cries fraud

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Moreno 64 a wheelchair user and champion of disability rights is seen as a more moderate successor to outgoing President Rafael Correa

WINNER. An undated photo shows Lenin Moreno addressing a campaign rally. Photo courtesy Moreno's campaign page on Facebook

Ecuador rivals both claim victory in tight runoff

Apr 03, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The election is being closely watched as a barometer of the political climate in Latin America where more than a decade of leftist dominance has been waning

FACE OFF. Ecuadorean presidential candidates Guillermo Lasso (L) and Lenin Moreno (R). Campaign photos

WikiLeaks revelations leave CIA heavily bruised

Mar 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

This is a historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and then stored it all in one place WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 10, 2017

Mar 10, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Friday

Assange accuses CIA of 'devastating incompetence' over leaks

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:54 PM

It is impossible to keep effective control of cyber weapons If you build them eventually you will lose them Julian Assange says

JULIAN ASSANGE. Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin. File photo by Steffi Loos/AFP

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaks source Manning

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others including Chelsea Manning in one of his final acts as president

FREE SOON. This file photo taken on August 22, 2013 shows Bradley Manning in wig and make-up as Chelsea Manning. US Army/Handout/AFP

Trump insists he is 'big fan' of US intel community

Jan 05, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange wrong I simply state what he states it is for the people to make up their own minds as to the truth Trump says in a tweet

TRUMP. US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

WikiLeaks' Assange questioned by prosecutors

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:27 AM

Assange s lawyer Per Samuelsson said the questioning is expected to last several days at the embassy where the founder of the secret spilling website has been holed up for 4 years

This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Ecuador says it cut Assange internet over US election leaks

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:28 AM

The government of Ecuador respects the principle of non intervention in the internal affairs of other states It does not interfere in external electoral processes nor does it favor any particular candidate

NO INTERNET. This file photo taken on June 19, 2016 shows the building housing the Ecuadorian embassy in central London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hold up for four years. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Clinton blames Trump, WikiLeaks, Moscow after new leaks

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:14 PM

While there have been no major damaging revelations the massive leak does lift the veil on Team Clinton s inner workings

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boards her plane at Westchester County Airport October 4, 2016 in White Plains, New York. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

WikiLeaks fetes 10th birthday with vow of key US vote leaks

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Taking aim at critics accusing Assange pledges he would not be muzzled as he sought to raise an army of supporters to join in the defense of WikiLeaks

This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

Sep 16, 2016 - 6:59 PM

This is the eighth time the European arrest warrant has been tested in a Swedish court All of the rulings have gone against him

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall / AFP