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Is Wikileaks' Julian Assange a hero or a villain?

Since the emergence of Wikileaks as an international political force, founder Julian Assange has been a controversial and polarizing figure. His fans call him a freedom fighter and whistleblower who has challenged global superpowers by exposing corruption and war crimes. His detractors say he abuses the vast power WikiLeaks has acquired as a staunch ally of the American right-wing and pawn of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. Is Assange a heroic underdog or a malevolent villain?

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When the whistleblower and his organization first emerged on the scene, he was hailed as a freedom fighter by many for exposing American war crimes

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After nearly four years spent hiding from Swedish and U.K. authorities at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, a United Nations committee argued Assange had been arbitrarily deprived of his liberty.

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Others say Assange is no victim, he is a dangerous megalomaniac who is in hiding because he refuses to be questioned by Swedish authorities in regards to rape charges against him. He could leave the Ecuadorian Embassy any time he wants.

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In the wake of Donald Trump's election, Assange's detractors say he is no longer an independent whistleblower, but a political operator with a pro-Russian, pro-fascist agenda.

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Many critiqued his response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville as typical right-wing reductionism.

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And many have pointed out how often WikiLeaks releases line up with Kremlin interests.

It seems odd that the world’s most prominent whistleblowing website has leaked nothing on Donald Trump and his mysterious tax records, yet is leaking the personal details of Democrat party donors. It seems highly likely that Wikileaks received these leaked emails from hackers working for the Russian Government.
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Others say this isn't about right versus left: Assange still stands for speaking truth to power and opposing censorship in all forms.

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And many on the left, including Jill Stein and Cornel West, still applaud Assange for exposing American military operations and telling the truth about our military-industrial complex.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein hailed Julian Assange as a hero Saturday, saying the WikiLeaks founder's disclosure of Democratic National Committee emails exposed the American electorate to important information.
"Any time that we have efforts to bring information to the American people, to the world, is something worth supporting," running mates Ajamu Baraka said in a separate interview with CNN."That's what we love about Julian. He's not perfect," Cornel West said. "That brother is honest. He's willing to disclose the truth about the American empire."
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Others say he is just Putin's puppet.

According to a newly released Foreign Policy report, leaked communications show Wikileaks declined to release a cache of hacked Russian documents in the summer of 2016, dismissing the only partially published records as “already public.” While there will be plenty of talk about this being proof of founder Julian Assange’s loyalties to Russia, it most prominently displays his general hypocrisy and self-interest.
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