Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Faces An Uncertain Future After Ecuador's Presidential Election

By QZ, Feb. 13, 2017

The first rule of being a good houseguest is knowing not to overstay your welcome. But Julian Assange was never one for manners—or morals.

Since the Wikileaks founder was offered asylum by Ecuador president Rafael Correa in 2012, Assange has watched the world change dramatically from his tiny room at the country’s embassy in London. In no small part due to Wikileaks’ disruptive involvement in the US presidential election, Assange’s public image has suffered significantly during this tumultuous period, too. He walked into the embassy a fugitive and alleged sex offender, sure, but one still best known as an advocate of radical transparency, government accountability, and human rights. Now he’s widely seen as a capricious, petty troll who’s been discredited by many of those who once rushed to his defense.

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