WikiLeaks is a site created for whistleblowers to safely leak information of wrongdoing and criminality. One of the most famous leaks was released in 2010 labelled "Collateral Murder". It showed US soldiers shooting at and murdering Iraqi civilians – including journalists and children. Since 2010 when WikiLeaks started publishing evidence of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, there has been a sustained and concerted effort by several nations to extradite Assange to the United States for prosecution.
Assange came to international attention in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, including leaks that showed war crimes committed with the knowledge of the US government. After the 2010 leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and is now seeking his extradition to prosecute him in the US. Assange was in exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years. He is currently held in H.M. Belmarsh prison in London.
Assange is an accredited member of the press. He has won the Amnesty International, Walkley Award and Times Magazine award for his work, as well as countless international accolades. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on several occasions.
A new book argues Julian Assange is being tortured. Will our new PM do anything about it? is an article published on June 6, 2022. It points out that the investigation of Assange's case by Nils Melzer, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, has been laid out in forensic detail in his new book The Trial of Julian Assange.