Julian Assange Arrested After 6 Years In Asylum πŸ”

Yui Mok / PA Wired

Yui Mok / PA Wired

Asylum comes to an end

On Thursday, London police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of the US. Assange has been avoiding police by living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. Assange is wanted in the US for taking US government documents and releasing them to the public.

Why are they arresting him?

The Ecuadorian President decided he had enough of Assange after Wikileaks kept releasing internal documents of other countries. People are divided on whether Assange is a good whistleblower or someone causing havoc.


BAD GUY:

Bloomberg (opinion): If Assange burgled some computers, he stopped being a journalist

Fox News: Gingrich: If you value the safety and security of America, Assange is a 'villain'

Those who view Assange as the bad guy believe Assange broke any journalistic integrity he may have had by illegally hacking into government computers. They believe Assange should be treated as a hostile threat to the safety of the US and its citizens.

GOOD GUY:

USA Today (opinion): WikiLeaks-founder Julian Assange will be punished for embarrassing the DC establishment

RT (opinion): We are all Julian Assange

Those who view Assange as the good guy believe Assange is being punished for embarrassing members of Congress, US intelligence, and the media through WikiLeaks releases. They believe Assange should be considered a journalist, which means arresting him would be violating his rights to free press and free speech.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides agree that journalists broadly should be protected under free press rights. When the Assange trial kicks off in the US, part of the focus will be around whether Assange should be treated as a journalist/publisher. This case could lay the framework for future whistleblowers and journalists who release sensitive information.

He's what you might call a...divisive figure.


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