Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

Ben Dembinski, Staff Writer

 On Apr. 11, Julian Assange was arrested outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, England after his nearly 8 stay there. Assange is the founder of the website “Wikileaks”, which publishes government documents for the populos to see and criticize the government.

  Back in 2006, Julian Assange founded the website in hopes of informing the people about what the government knows about them. The website publishes government documents which people can download. After he founded, the website he was investigated by the US on accounts of treason because what he was doing was stretching the law beyond its limits.

  After he was accused of the crimes Assange hid in the Ecuadorian Embassy in london, where for the next 7 years he would stay. This is a big deal, because he couldn’t be arrested due to the laws in england which make embassies a safe haven, where they can’t be arrested due to the foreign influence of other countries and the recognition of the embassy as an extension of the country. For people like Assange, this is the only option.

  During the seven years, Assange stayed in the embassy, which he couldn’t leave due to his status as a criminal in England. As time progressed, his website grew and was responsible for many leaks including a video of a helicopter attack in Iraq, which showed the American crew killing the Iraqi soldiers while saying, “Keep firing, keep firing.”

  Americans were rightfully outraged, but the US army said that the crew would not be punished. Many government officials were claiming that Wikileaks should be taken down because, technically, that video and other following documents were classified and not meant for the public to see.
  Assange said in response to the allegations, “What is the possible benefit? Can this material save lives? Can it improve the quality of life in Iraq? Can it tend to shape our perceptions of how war should and should not be conducted? Can it shape our perceptions of who should be conducting war and in what manner? And the answer to that is a clear: Yes.”

  Even though he pleaded his case the england government wanted to extradite Assange to the US, or bring a criminal back to the country of which they originate. But Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he would stay for seven years.

  Just recently, Assange was arrested outside the embassy on the charges of hacking into the US government. Officials at the embassy removed his asylum, or immunity to England’s laws, after some “bad behavior.” Reportedly Assange destroyed a rug and a couple other things in the embassy, which prompted HSI removal.

  Lakeview students have their own opinions on the subject.

  Sophomore Jacob Roy stated, “I didn’t really know about wikileaks until I heard about Assange getting dragged out of the embassy.”  Roy continued, ”Now that I know what he did, I agree with the arrest because he leaked classified documents, the documents weren’t so controversial. I could see it.”

  In contrast to Roy, senior Dylan Vanhorn said, ”I don’t think Assange did nothing wrong.He showed the flaws in our government. That’s something that American citizens need to know.” Vanhorn continued, “Should he have hid in the embassy for seven years? No, but what other option did he have?”

  Overall, this arrest is groundbreaking because of its subject, the man who exposed the government’s flaws. This is something that is needed, because like Vanhorn said, “American citizens need to know.” This whole situation of Wikileaks and its founder is a question of how much do the citizens of a nation need to know about its government. Nobody knows where that line lies, and we may never know.