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After his shocking revelation of Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails, the world has not heard again from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Many feared the worst, especially after a shocking claim from an alleged WikiLeaks staffer saying that the website has been taken over by the U.S. government.
The staffer claimed that he violated a U.S. National Security Letter to inform the public that WikiLeaks has been compromised. Furthermore, he added that Assange is “missing” and possibly held in custody by the U.S. government.
Wikileaks Seized By US Government?
According to SuperStation 95, the staffer claimed that their organization’s tools have been seized. This includes computers and their Twitter account. Assange’s internet connection in the Ecuadorian Embassy was also severed. A gag order has been reportedly issued to staffers by the U.S. government as of November 17.
The fact that Assange has not appeared in photographs or issued a public statement has perpetuated the rumor. In an event that he is not heard from again, WikiLeaks claimed they have “contingency plans” in place. The plan allegedly involves releasing all the organizations’ confidential files in one swoop.
Ecuadorian Embassy To Negotiate In Behalf Of Julian Assange
But is Assange really under the custody of the U.S. government, or has he been simply off the grid ever since Trump’s victory in the elections? Apparently, it’s the latter. Ecuador, the country he sought asylum from, is currently negotiating with the Swedish government on behalf of Assange.
According to Sky News, Ecuador’s foreign minister said that Assange should receive guarantees against extradition if he faces justice in Sweden. The U.S. government has been on the heels of the WikiLeaks founder since he published a flood of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.
However, Sweden said it cannot provide a guarantee since the United States has not asked them to extradite Julian Assange. If he is brought to Sweden, the only charges he will face are for the 2010 rape allegation against him. That is, until the Trump administration asks the Swedish government to hand him over.