Julian Paul Assange, 41, is an Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist. He is best known as the editor-in-chief and founder of Wikileaks, a media website which has published information from whistleblowers. The site acts as a conduit for worldwide news leaks, with a stated purpose of creating open governance.
Assange was recently granted political asylum by Ecuador after seeking shelter in their London embassy. He fears extradition to the US where he would likely be held without charge indefinitely, like Bradley Manning.
“Julian Assange, although a civilian, and not an American civilian at that,… would be put in (US) military detention for suspicion of giving aid to an enemy, which he’s certainly been accused of by high American officials. I don’t see why he couldn’t be put in indefinite contention, without even the charges that I faced 40 years ago for doing the exact same things that he did.”
Daniel Ellsberg on Democracy Now, August 17, 2012