Julian Assange has stepped down as the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. Forced to step down is more likely, as he been unable to access the internet since the past few months. The whistle-blower has appointed Kristinn Hrafnsson to take up the mantle. Hrafnsson, in case you are unfamiliar with him, is a long time member of the notorious group that has caused much hullabaloo by leaking secret government documents.
Hrafnsson hails from Iceland, and has served as WikiLeaks’ spokesperson from 2010 to 2016. Speaking on his appointment, the newly minted editor-in-chief said:
I welcome the responsibility to secure the continuation of the important work based on WikiLeaks ideals.
After he leaked a series of documents that implicated governments and the who’s and who’s across the world, Assange found himself in serious trouble. In 2012, he found asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, so as to avoid sexual harassment charges (that he claims are fake) and due to his belief that US would have him extradited one way or the other.
Assange has been stuck in the same building since the past half dozen years or so, since every time he tries to go our, he finds the London police waiting to cart him off. However, he has been operating WikiLeaks from within the embassy, continuing to have an impact on the world — for example, by releasing emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman that helped sway the presidential election against her. The US and Ecuador have also had some harsh exchanges over him, but the Latin American country has continued offering him sanctuary.
In March however, Ecuador decided that it had enough of Assange’s antics, which were effectively antagonizing a lot of other countries. The embassy staff has since installed signal jammers that prevent Assange’s access to the internet, and have also prevented him from meeting anyone except his lawyers.
Well, let’s see if Kristinn Hrafnsson can maintain the notoriety and fame his predecessor brought to WikiLeaks.
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