Julian Assange resigns as WikiLeaks editor because he can’t do his job

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Julian Assange has stepped down as editor of WikiLeaks… mainly because he can’t actually connect to the internet.

The Australian has been “held incommunicado” for more than six months in London’s Ecuadorian embassy, which forbids him from contact with anyone from the outside world bar his lawyers.

This also means that he cannot access the internet, and is therefore unable to continue his duty as WikiLeaks editor (or browse Memeburn for that matter).

Assange has been at the helm of WikiLeaks since its inception in 2006.

In 2012, he sought asylum after Swedish authorities wished to extradite him for allegations of sexual misconduct. He has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy ever since.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, a former WikiLeaks spokesperson, will now take over the reigns of the organisation.

While you’re browsing the net today, spare a thought for Assange, who can’t even enjoy this video of a kayaker getting slapped by a seal, while chewing on an octopus.

Feature image: New Media Days via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

Andy Walker, former editor


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