Al jazeera report
London, United Kingdom – A British citizen with Asperger syndrome who was accused of hacking into US government agencies and had faced extradition said Julian Assange has been put on the “sacrificial altar,” as he warned that the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest could have a damaging effect on press freedom.
Lauri Love, 34, was accused by the US of belonging to the international Anonymous collective and involvement in hacks in 2012 and 2013 targeting the FBI, NASA, US Army, Missile Defense Agency and the Federal Reserve. He faced 99 years in prison in the US, but last year won his appeal against extradition in a landmark case.
“The extradition of Julian Assange is crucial to the US because he’s been a thorn in the side of the US power base, particularly regarding secrets exposed with the assistance of Chelsea Manning and other leaks about US military activities and war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Love told Al Jazeera by phone on Saturday.
“WikiLeaks embarrassed the US government by shedding light on powerful people who do horrific things with public money and as a result, Julian has been put on the sacrificial altar.”
Almost 10 years ago, WikiLeaks released c