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Julian Assange

  1. Things We Saw Today: The Evolution of Guillermo del Toro

    Things We Saw Today

    "The strange, beautiful evolution of Guillermo del Toro," by Jeff Victor, who previously illustrated the evolution of famous actors (and Batman). (via /Film)

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  2. Matthew Crawley—Sorry, Dan Stevens—Might Be In the Benedict Cumberbatch-Starring WikiLeaks Movie

    Today in Awesome

    That WikiLeaks movie just got über-British. Variety reports that Dan Stevens, best known for playing Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, might be taking his acting talents and supernaturally perfect hair to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the yet-unnamed film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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  3. Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Breaks Bail, Seeks Asylum in Ecuador

    After the U.K. Supreme Court ruled against him and blocked an attempt to appeal, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange seems to be running out of options. Facing extradition to Sweden over accusations of rape and sexual molestation, Assange yesterday fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in the U.K. and is seeking political asylum.

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  4. Wikileaks Founder’s Latest Extradition Appeals Unanimously Rejected by U.K. Supreme Court

    When we last checked in on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, his bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden in connection with rape charges had been denied by the U.K. Supreme Court. However, his defense team appealed the decision. The Court responded today with a resounding dismissal, letting their previous ruling stand.

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  5. U.K. Supreme Court Rules Wikileaks Founder May be Extradited to Sweden

    Though Julian Assange has made a name for himself as the founder of Wikileaks and spewing government secrets across this great wide Internet, the computer programmer has been under house arrest since 2010. Facing charges of sexual assault, Assange has been fighting extradition to Sweden for the past two years. Now, the U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that Assange's arrest warrant is legitimate. However, this fight appears far from over.

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  6. Julian Assange To Air WikiLeaks TV Show The World Tomorrow on April 17th

    It seems like everyone gets a TV show nowadays, and Julian Assange is no exception. A recent announcement reveals that on April 17th, he'll be airing his own live-to-tape TV show The World Tomorrow. The show will air on some Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems, and on RT, a Russian news network available in the U.S. with Dish Network. Also, of course, you can watch it on the web. We are talking about the guy behind WikiLeaks after all. Web access is kind of a given.

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  7. WikiLeaks Threatens Visa, MasterCard with Lawsuit

    Aside from Julian Assange's house arrest and sundry legal troubles, his brainchild WikiLeaks has been at the center of a so-called "financial blockade" by payment processing companies for over six months. In response, WikiLeaks has announced that unless the blockade is ended by Thursday, July 7, they will file a lawsuit against the companies involved. At issue are services such as PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard which have refused to process payments supporting WikiLeaks. The companies claim that they cannot support any illegal activity, and have cut off the secret-spilling website from some much needed donation money. WikiLeaks and their payment processor DataCell counter in their suit that the continued blockade constitutes an unfair use of the companies' market dominance.

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  8. Julian Assange Auctions Himself On Ebay

    Julian Assange is worth $1,735. While that isn't his net worth, it is what he's going for these days. Time spent with the founder of the now infamous WikiLeaks is going for $1,735 on Ebay. Embattled in legal struggles related to a Swedish rape case in addition to defending the actions of his controversial company has drained both the company and Assange of funds. So, he is selling himself on the auction website. More specifically, Assange is selling spots at a luncheon with himself, followed by a seat at a Frontline Club conversation with himself and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek where the two will discuss the impact of WikiLeaks on the world and in the future. Currently the seventh of eight spots at the event is going for $1,735 on Ebay in Britain. According to Ebay, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of time with Assange will go to WikiLeaks.

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  9. Hackers Deface PBS Website Following Frontline Report on WikiLeaks

    A hacker group trading under the name "lulzsec" was able to gain control of PBS' servers, defaced several websites, and posted an article to the PBS Newshour site claiming that deceased rapper Tupac Shakur was found alive in New Zealand. The group then posted several taunting messages to Twitter before methodically tweeting out PBS website passwords and other information the group gleaned during the attack. As of this morning, PBS was still struggling to contain the attack. The motive behind the attack seems to stem from a May, 24 Frontline report on WikiLeaks called "Wikisecrets," which the group found to not be to their liking. Some of the defaced pages also made reference to the continued incarceration of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking the documents to Wikileaks. The Frontline piece has received some criticism from Manning's supporters and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as being an unfair and hostile portrayal of Manning and the Wikileaks operation. Attacks on Wikileaks, perceived or otherwise, has set off cyber attacks in the past, most notably with the hacker collective Anonymous. However, Lulzsec apparently claims no connection with the group. According to Wired, Lulzsec was responsible for a security breach at Sony and also for an attack on Fox.com which resulted in personal information from X-Factor applications being made publicly available. To read the hacked article in its entirety, and to see other pages defaced by Lulzsec, head over to our sister site Mediaite. (via NYTimes, Wired)

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  10. Julian Assange Loses Case, Faces Extradition to Sweden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his UK extradition hearing, and he has seven days to appeal the court's decision before he is extradited to Sweden. Assange has not actually been formally charged with any crime; rather, he is wanted for questioning in relation to allegations that he sexually assaulted two women while in the country last summer. The judge presiding over the UK trial rebuked Assange's Swedish lawyer, Bjorn Hertig, for misleading the court in a "deliberate" fashion about the efforts of the Swedish prosecutor to contact Assange before he left Sweden; Hertig said that prosecutor Marianne Ny did not make an effort to contact Assange, but later corrected his statement. Assange's lawyers expressed their disappointment with the decision, and questioned the fairness and transparency of the legal process facing Assange in Sweden: Geoffrey Robertson said in a statement that Assange would be "tried in secret behind closed doors in a flagrant denial of justice," and that he feared that the Swedish prosecutor's efforts were front for an eventual US effort to extradite Assange. Full legal ruling below:

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