In a majority verdict today, the British Supreme court dismissed Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden on rape charges, sending Assange’s legal battles into a second round, and potentially provoking a disruptive response from Anonymous that threatens to instigate even more vitriolic debates about internet censorship.
Let’s sum up what has happened so far. Sometime in 2010, Assange, a former computer hacker, waltzed into the media spotlight when his brainchild online organization, Wikileaks, released confidential video footage and U.S. diplomatic cables relating to Iraq and Afghanistan. The information WikiLeaks released marked the largest leak of classified information the U.S. had ever seen, and revealed the identities of a number of sources used by diplomats and intelligence agents, putting the sources’ lives in danger… Read more.
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