WikiLeaks has announced that Julian Assange will step down from his position as editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing platform—but will retain the title of publisher.
Assange, 47, has been silent since his internet connection was cut off in March at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has lived under political asylum since August 2012. It was not immediately clear what consequences the change in title would mean for the organization.
He will be replaced by former spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks announced via its Twitter profile on Wednesday.
Global News reports:
Ecuador‘s president says his country and the United Kingdom are working on a legal solution for Julian Assange that would allow the Wikileaks founder to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in “the medium term.”
President Lenin Moreno told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Assange’s lawyers are aware of the negotiations. He declined to provide more details because of the sensitivity of the case.
The famous whistleblower and computer engineer faces an arrest warrant in the U.K. and fears he could be extradited to the U.S., where high-level officials have spoken about prosecuting him for stealing classified information.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 26, 2018