“Come celebrate the birthday of the most dangerous man in the world!” » This is how Julian Assange invited the gratin to celebrate his 40th birthday on July 3, 2011. Since the disclosure of confidential defense documents in 2010 on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in particular the famous video “Collateral Murder”, filming an air raid by the American army causing the death of civilians, documents relayed by the “Guardian” and the “New York Times”, the founder of Wikileaks has become public enemy number 1 of the United States.
But in this summer of 2011, he is still free to move, under house arrest in the mansion of Ellingham Hall, in the county of Norfolk, which a friend lent him. Did Assange imagine how his quip would describe the next eleven years? Less than a year later, he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He lived there for seven years, spied on by surveillance cameras, before being expelled in 2019.
Since then, the Wikileaks founder has been incarcerated in Belmarsh high security prison in north London. It was there, in detention, that he married his partner Stella Morris, his former lawyer, in March 2022. “He didn’t plant bombs, attempt anyone’s life, and yet he is treated worse than a terrorist “, denounces his lawyer Antoine Vey who is worried about the state of health of his client: “The last time I saw him was June 17, 2022, the day the British Secretary of State
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