Despite not being charged with any crime, embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been held under house arrest in England since December 2010. Subsequent to a denial of his appeal to the High Court in London, he now faces extradition to Sweden — where he may be held indefinitely without charge and without access to visitors, lawyers, or the media — as well as possible extradition to the United States. A final decision regarding Swedish extradition is due from the Supreme Court on December 5.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks (which some have credited with sparking the Arab Spring and hastening the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, among other feats) has been crippled under a blacklist and financial blockade by Visa, the Bank of America, PayPal, and Western Union — depriving the organiztion of 95% of its revenue.
Friends of Julian Assange is a support and activism network on behalf of Assange and WikiLeaks.
Read George Hirst’s Magnetic Times article about Julian’s childhood on Australia’s Magnetic Island, Australia (featuring an interview with Julian’s mother, Christine Assange).