Julian Assange Arrested by London Police
Julian Assange, a divisive name in the world of politics, has been arrested outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was most notably the founder of WikiLeaks, which focused on publishing anonymous classified media & secret information.
WikiLeaks has been in existence since 2006. It published material that embarrassed the U.S. government and others, several times in the past. This includes the Collateral Murder video, the Afghanistan war logs and recently, emails between Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta.
WikiLeaks' activity has drawn a lot of fire from high ranking government officials. Former U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, called Assange a "terrorist" for his activism. Hillary Clinton referred to Assange as "a tool of Russian intelligence".
In August 2010 Julian Assange became the subject of sexual assault allegations from two separate women in Sweden. Assange claimed that the encounters were consensual, and the case was initially closed. Several months afterwards the case was reopened by a special prosecutor while Assange was in London. The investigation was dropped in 2017 by Swedish authorities.
He was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government in August 2012. Assange remained in their London Embassy until earlier today to avoid being extradited to Sweden. He has claimed for years that the allegations are political in nature.
Shortly after releasing the classified Chelsea Manning
documents, U.S. authorities began focusing on Assange. U.S. authorities looked to prosecuting Assange
under the Espionage
Act of 1917. It is important to note that Assange has never been a U.S. citizen
and was originally Australian.
Assange was arrested in London earlier today by police due to failure to surrender to court in regard to the 2010 allegations. It is completely within the realm of possibility that he will later be extradited to the U.S.
Assange & Bitcoin
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have been an early adopter & supporter of Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies. In 2011, WikiLeaks ran into issues in receiving donations via credit cards. As a result, WikiLeaks began accepting donations in Bitcoin.
This even drew the attention of Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Nakamoto has famously said: "WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet's nest, and the swarm is headed towards us."
Assange & WikiLeaks have pushed Bitcoin forward from an internet oddity to a global phenomenon. Without his help and other early adopters such as Roger Ver, we would not have cryptocurrencies as we know them.
Written by Jonathan Ganor
Writer & cryptocurrency aficionado