Today marks the two-year anniversary of Julian Assange’s April 11, 2019 arrest in London to face charges in the United States for conspiring with Chelsea Manning to hack Department of Defense computers in 2010.
Two years of imprisonment as he fights extradition to the United States. Held at Belmarsh Prison in “atrocious” conditions and amid COVID outbreaks inside the walls, where he was previously (and possibly still) denied adequate access to his attorneys. Denied bail despite U.S. extradition efforts being unsuccessful so far.
It’s really nine years of imprisonment. Assange was granted asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012, residing there as a political hostage until the authorities came to get him two years ago.
The prosecution isn’t about the hacking.