The Fate of Julian Assange

Extradition to the United States Likely, Could Take Years
Former Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa granted Assange the Ecuadorian citizenship. (Aland Molestina M.)

The Fate of Julian Assange

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Australian hacktivist Julian Assange stayed 2,487 days in Ecuador’s London embassy. The ordeal began in August 2012 when former socialist President Rafael Correa granted him asylum as a way to build his own global stature.

On April 10, 2019, the Ecuadorian government stopped protecting Assange and UK police arrested him the next day. On May 1, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching the conditions of his bail and on May 2 he will face a hearing on his extradition to the United States.

Backgrounder Content

  • What was Assange accused of, and do the charges stand?
  • What led President Lenín Moreno to expel Assange?
  • How was Assange involved with Russian intelligence?
  • What comes next?
  • What is the impact on press freedom?

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Paz Gómez

Paz Gómez

Paz Gómez is a policy analyst for Econ Americas. She is cofounder and academic coordinator of Libre Razón, a liberal think tank in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from San Francisco University of Quito and studies for a master's degree in digital currency and blockchain from the University of Nicosia. Follow @PazenLibertad.

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Paz Gómez

Paz Gómez

Paz Gómez is a policy analyst for Econ Americas. She is cofounder and academic coordinator of Libre Razón, a liberal think tank in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from San Francisco University of Quito and studies for a master's degree in digital currency and blockchain from the University of Nicosia. Follow @PazenLibertad.

All stories by:Paz Gómez
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