Sunday 21 January 2018

The sad truth about Assange's long, lonely wait

He's sick, stressed and stuck, but the WikiLeaker excels 
at making enemies of his 
supporters, writes
 Ruth Dudley Edwards

Dwindling Allies: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Dwindling Allies: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Pale, puffy and looking exhausted, the Australian hacker Julian Assange made a bid last Monday for the world's attention by holding a press conference in the London Ecuadorian embassy, where he's been stuck since June 2012 when he applied for (and later received) political asylum.

The assembled journalists were hoping for some exciting news. Was he going to bow to the inevitable and agree to go to Sweden to face allegations of unlawful coercion, sexual molestation and lesser-degree rape against two women four years ago?

He was coy. He would be leaving, he explained, "soon".

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