Assange himself was silent throughout the proceedings and “gave no emotion” after the judges explained their decision. Outside the court, Assange did not answer questions shouted at him by the media and directed people to visit a website set up to support him:
“No doubt there will be many attempts made to try to spin these proceedings as they occured today but they were merely technical. So please go to swedenversusassange.com if you wish to know what is really going on in this case.”
Assange was briefly jailed in December of 2010 and has since been under house arrest at the estate of a wealthy friend at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk; he must wear an electronic tag to monitor his movements.
Wikileaks, and Assange, made constant media headlines last year after the site released a gargantuan trove of classified United States military documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and classified State Department diplomatic cables. Assange shepherded the release of those documents which he “hoped would reshape the very nature of government.” But from December on, he has made headlines more for fighting the extradition order, while Wikileaks seems to have lost something of its force. Last month, Assange announced at a London press conference that Wikileaks would cease to publish documents due to a lack of funds, as credit card companies like Visa and MasterCard and services like PayPal have blockaded donations to the organization. Defections and disputes among members — and between some of them and Assange — have also weakened Wikileaks, with some people forming their own document leaking sites.
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