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Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons'
February 1st, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons'

Although he's been under house arrest in Britain, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will nevertheless have a cameo in an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons."

The controversial figure will voice the "Simpson-ized" version of himself in the 500th episode of the long-running series, which will air February 19.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Assange will serve as a sort of "new Flanders" for the animated family after they "go off the grid" once Marge and Homer learn that Springfield's residents have been holding secret meetings to try to kick them out of town.

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CNN’s Kaj Larsen examined Julian Assange for CNN Presents: “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange."
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Filed under: Julian Assange • Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
November 2nd, 2011
05:36 PM ET

WikiLeaks founder faces extradition

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange lost a court battle to stay in the United Kingdom Wednesday and will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sex charges, a court ruled.

Appeals court judges Lord Justice John Thomas and Justice Duncan Ouseley rejected all four of the arguments Assange's defense team used to fight the extradition.

They will hold another hearing later this month to determine whether he can appeal. Assange, who has been under house arrest for nearly a year while waiting to find out the results, said Wednesday he will now consider his next steps.

"I have not been charged with any crime in any country," he said on the steps of the High Court in London. "Despite this, the European arrest warrant is so restrictive that it prevents UK courts from considering the facts of a case, as judges have made clear here today."

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Filed under: Julian Assange • Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks
October 24th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

WikiLeaks halts publication to raise money

WikiLeaks announced that it was temporarily stopping publication Monday to "aggressively fundraise" in order to stay afloat.

A financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union has destroyed 95% of WikiLeaks' revenue, organization founder Julian Assange said.

"Our scarce resources now must focus entirely on fighting this unlawful banking blockade," Assange said. "If this financial attack stands unchallenged, a dangerous, oppressive and undemocratic precedent will have been set, the implications of which go far beyond WikiLeaks and its work."

Speaking in front of a backdrop that showed upside-down logos of VISA, MasterCard, Bank of America and PayPal, Assange said his organization, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, had been running off cash reserves for 11 months.

Many financial institutions stopped doing business with the site after it published a trove of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables late last year, and donations have been stymied.

U.S. authorities have said disclosing the classified information was illegal and caused risks to individuals and national security.

"WikiLeaks has, however, ignored our requests not to release or disseminate any U.S. documents it may possess and has continued its well-established pattern of irresponsible, reckless, and frankly dangerous actions," U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said last month.

Assange said Monday that WikiLeaks' publications are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and said there were no judgments or charges against his organization.

WikiLeaks said Monday that it had launched an antitrust complaint over the financial blockade with the European Commission. The organization also said it had started "pre-litigation action" against funding blocks in Iceland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States and Australia.

The blockade "arbitrarily singles out an organization that has not committed any illegal act in any country and cuts it off from every country," Assange said.

CNN’s Kaj Larsen examines WikiLeaks and its controversial leader for CNN Presents: “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange”.


Filed under: Julian Assange • Kaj Larsen • WikiLeaks