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Julian Assange could walk free from his Ecuadorian embassy hide-out next year if he takes advantages of a new legal loophole, campaigners say.

Julian Assange has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for a year

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Russia grants NSA PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden a year's asylum

‘Most wanted man on Earth’ leaves Moscow airport for secret safe house after agreeing to stop leaking US information

Bradley Manning

The News Matrix: Friday 26 July 2013

Manning leaked ‘to gain notoriety’

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The judge in the case is due to issue verdicts within days

Julian Assange launches 'Wikileaks Party' by videolink from the Ecuadorian embassy

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Germany should honour its debt and offer NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum

World View: When such figures as Albert Einstein fled the Nazis, the US provided a haven. Now it’s time for Berlin to offer asylum to the persecuted

The News Matrix: Friday 19 July 2013

Poisoning inquiry as 23 children die

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When I received an email late on Thursday from “Edward Snowden”, I was naturally sceptical. The invitation, supposedly from one of the world’s most sought-after people, had a whiff of Cold War spy thriller to it. The note instructed me to go to the arrivals hall of Sheremetyevo Airport, and “someone from airport staff will be waiting there to receive you with a sign labelled G9”. What would you think?

David Cameron's defence guru joins US engineering giant

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