- 1 Public life
- 2 Role in #Pizzagate
- 2.1 Publisher and editor of valuable information
- 2.2 Victim of arbitrary detention and effectively missing
- 2.3 January 3, 2016: Julian Assange appears on Fox News' Hannity for video interview
- 3 See also
Julian Assange is the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks since 2006. Through the organization he has publicized once-secret information, among which incriminating evidence of war crimes by the United States around the world as well as corruption, conspiracies and coverups. He has won numerous accolades for journalism, including the Sam Adams Award and Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. He's responsible for the publication of the Podesta emails and the Stratfor emails that became the first source of evidence for the scandals of Pizzagate.
The United States government has asked allied nations for his extradition since launching a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and Assange, and as made evident by Snowden, urging other nations to do so, in 2010 on counts of espionage and rape. There was a proposal by the NSA to designate WikiLeaks as a "malicious foreign actor", thus increasing the surveillance against it. He's been found innocent of charges of rape in Sweden and been held in solitary confinement for ten consecutive days in England and interrogated after voluntarily surrendering to UK police, worried that Sweden would deport him to the United States when the rape case reopened against him. He was released on bail and sought political asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He was granted asylum but it was impossible to leave the embassy to travel to an airport because he would be arrested immediately. He lived there since 2012 to, according to Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, protect him from calls of assassination by several American politicians.
On 26 January 2015, WikiLeaks revealed that three members of the organisation received notice that "Google had handed over all their emails and metadata to the United States government". The United States investigation confirmed its ongoing proceedings against WikiLeaks in a 15 December 2015 court submission.
The United Nations' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found, by a majority, that he has been "arbitrarily detained" and that his detention should be brought to an end; UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond rejected the working group's opinion and called Assange a fugitive from justice. Britain's request to review the UN ruling was dismissed. Sweden finally agreed to question Assange in Ecuador's London embassy on 14 November 2016.
Role in #Pizzagate
Publisher and editor of valuable information
Assange wrote on WikiLeaks in February 2016: "I have had years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton and have read thousands of her cables. Hillary lacks judgement and will push the United States into endless, stupid wars which spread terrorism. ... she certainly should not become president of the United States."
May 11, 2016
Michael Ratner, Assange's attorney in New York died of complications from cancer.
July 4, 2016
During the primary elections for the candidate nominee for the Democratic party, WikiLeaks hosted information and content of emails sent or received by candidate Hillary Clinton from her private email server when she was Secretary of State as originally released by the State Department in February 2016, based on a FOIA request.
July 22, 2016
WikiLeaks released emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seemingly presenting ways to undercut Bernie Sanders and showing apparent favoritism towards Clinton, leading to the resignation of party chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The New York Times reported that "Assange accused Mrs. Clinton of having been among those pushing to indict him..." and that he had timed the release to coincide with the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In an interview with Robert Peston of ITV News Assange suggested that he saw Hillary Clinton as a personal foe.
July 25, 2016
Following the Republican National Convention (RNC), during an interview by Amy Goodman, Assange was quoted saying, "Choosing Between Trump or Clinton is Like Picking Between Cholera or Gonorrhea... Personally, I would prefer neither." However, Assange has publicly denounced Clinton on multiple occasions, even stating that he will release information that will have Clinton arrested in an interview with ITV. WikiLeaks editor, Sarah Harrison, has stated that the site is not choosing which damaging publications to release, rather releasing information that is available to them.
Assange showed that Clinton had received information about a Parkinson’s disease drug, leading to theories in the media about Clinton's health issues.
August 16, 2016
Assange's lawyer in the UK, John Jones, was found dead, according to the first reports after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide. An inquest into his death found that the lawyer was accepted since March to a private psychiatric hospital with several issues of mental health, including bipolar disorder, and closed-circuit television cameras showed no-one was near him when he jumped before the train. The death of both lawyers in such a short time span sparked conspiracy theories, and a tweet by WikiLeaks on 21 August claimed that an inquest rules it was not suicide, implying that he was assassinated. On the same day, The New York Times wrote that Clinton is accusing Assange of being a Russian agent, but that he probably is working without their consent and the Russians are only exploiting the information leaks for their own interests.
August 22, 2016
A man scaled the embassy's walls, but was caught by the embassy's security.
August 26, 2016
Assange spoke to Fox News and claimed that Clinton was causing "hysteria about Russia". The claim was repeated in the Russian media outlet RT.
October 4, 2016
In a WikiLeaks anniversary meeting in Berlin with Assange teleconferencing from his refuge in the Ecuador embassy in London, reporters spoke of a supposed promise to reveal further information against Hillary Clinton which would bring her candidacy down, calling this information "The October Surprise". Assange said he would release this information in the future, but "not at 3am". Assange was asked whether he endorsed Donald Trump, who had previously chosen anti-liberal rhetoric including calls to build up the US military nuclear power, and to persecute the Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Assange waved the claim aside, but continued to promise anti-Clinton material.
October 7, 2016
Assange posted a press release on WikiLeaks exposing over 2000 emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The emails, ranging from 2007-2016, reveal excerpts of Clinton's paid Goldman Sachs speech in 2013, which came under controversy when she received $3 million after her position as secretary of state. In the emails, she explains her relationship to Wall Street and how she has previously represented the community. “even though I represented [people in finance] and did all I could to make sure they continued to prosper, I called for closing the carried interest loophole and addressing skyrocketing CEO pay. So when I raised early warnings about subprime mortgages and called for regulating derivatives and over complex financial products, I didn’t get some big arguments, because people sort of said, no, that makes sense.”
During the second debate between the two presidential candidates, on 9 October 2016, Hillary Clinton accused Russian hackers for the leak of information to WikiLeaks, presumably working under the orders of Vladimir Putin: "... But you know, let's talk about what's really going on. Because our intelligence community said the Kremlin, meaning Putin and the Russian government, are directing the attacks, the hacking, on American accounts to influence our election ... And believe me, they're not doing it to get me elected. They're doing it to try to influence the election for Donald Trump".
While the two candidates faced off during the third and final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton criticized the Russian government for giving private information to WikiLeaks. "...this is such an unprecedented situation, we've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17, 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election."
On the eve of the general presidential election, Assange wrote a press release addressing the criticism around publishing Clinton material on WikiLeaks."We publish material given to us if it is of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical importance and which has not been published elsewhere. When we have material that fulfills this criteria, we publish." He explains that the website received pertinent information related to the DNC Leaks and Clinton political campaign, but never received any information on Trump, Jill Stein, or Gary Johnson's campaign, and therefore could not publish what they did not have.
Victim of arbitrary detention and effectively missing
October 16, 2016: Julian Assange goes offline
On 17 October 2016 WikiLeaks announced that a "state party" had severed Assange's internet connection at the Ecuadorian embassy. The Ecuadorian government stated that it had "temporarily" severed Assange's internet connection because of WikiLeaks' release of documents "impacting on the U.S. election campaign"
October 17, 2016: Security vans seen leaving Ecuadorian embassy
Allegedly a person with a black bag on their head was loaded into this envoy of vans. See 0:58 of this video for images of the vans leaving the embassy.
December 15, 2016: Sean Hannity appearance?
Julian Assange appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show at 4:07PM EST, 12/15/2016, shortly before the website http://findingassange.com/?i=1 countdown was about to end. Findingassange.com replaced their home page with a message stating that Julian was definitively alive and that proof of life was to come shortly. The site also promised to remain "if ever required to be used in the future."
December 16, 2016: FindingAssange.com's "Proof of Life" video finally is posted and does not play
Video is still inaccessible to this day, but it is claimed by the site to be a known problem they are working to solve.