Julian founded WikiLeaks in 2006. By providing whistleblowers revolutionary new means to reach the public, WikiLeaks shines light on government misconduct across the world. Its revelations have repeatedly had global impacts, raising awareness of world events and impacting public debate. Some notable WikiLeaks publications include “Collateral Murder,” the “Afghan War Diaries,” “Cablegate,” and “Spy Files: Russia.” These publications have established WikiLeaks as a leader in modern journalism. 

While even traditional journalists risk drawing the wrath of those with power, the scope and magnitude of WikiLeaks’ revelations have drawn the ire of corporations and government officials around the world. For years, governments and other powerful interests have tried to discredit and disrupt WikiLeaks. 

In 2012, Julian sought and was granted political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy — eventually receiving Ecuadorian citizenship. He did so due to fear that he would be extradited to the United States and tried for WikiLeaks’ role in publishing material leaked by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. In 2019, after seven years in isolation in the Ecuadorian embassy, those fears became reality. Julian was arrested by U.K. police, and in an unprecedented attack on press freedom, the American government revealed it had charged him for publishing government documents documenting war crimes and human rights abuses.

For more than a year, Julian has been jailed in London as the United States seeks to extradite him to face charges. With the next phase of his extradition hearing beginning in September 2020, now is a crucial time for concerned citizens around the world to speak up in favor of transparency and speak out against the U.S. war against journalists. Your voice can make a difference.