WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to be made an honorary citizen of Rome, Italy


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Julian Assange , who founded the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks in 2006, has been indicted on charges of espionage and hacking against the government, as he has published confidential information about numerous governments, companies, religions, and other organizations. He was arrested by British police in 2019. A move is underway to make Mr. Assange an honorary citizen of Rome.

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WikiLeaks, founded by Assange, is a site that publishes a variety of classified information provided by whistleblowers, leaking documents from

the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2010, and leaking US National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2014. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has published the ``Infiltration Guidebook for Operatives.''

Mr. Assange has revealed many secrets, but in 2012 he was accused of sexual assault in Sweden, and since then he has lived in exile in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. However, as relations between WikiLeaks and Ecuador deteriorated, he was arrested by British police in April 2019.

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Since his arrest by British police, Mr. Assange has been imprisoned in Belmarsh Prison in London, but his extradition to the United States on suspicion of espionage has been approved in 2022. According to Reuters, if extradited to the United States, Assange could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

There is a growing movement in Rome, Italy, to make Assange an honorary citizen. This movement is led by Virginia Raggi, who belongs to Italy's left-wing party `` Five Star Movement '' and served as the mayor of Rome for about five years from 2016 to 2021.

Rudge said: ``Mr Assange is a symbol of freedom of speech, which is essential to achieving a true democracy.'' ``But despite doing a good job as a journalist, he has been , their freedom has been taken away.' According to Raggi, the move to make Mr. Assange an honorary citizen of Rome received support from members of the right and left, across party lines.

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Discussions on awarding Assange the title of Honorary Citizen of Rome began on October 17, 2023. Rudge said, ``It is hoped that the discussions will be concluded by Christmas, but it may take a little longer,'' suggesting that Assange could be granted honorary citizenship in early 2024. .

The move to recognize Mr. Assange as an honorary citizen is not limited to the city of Rome; Reggio Neremia, in northern Italy, will grant Mr. Assange citizenship in September 2023. Similarly, the southern Italian city of Naples is also in the process of granting Assange citizenship.

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