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Legal experts warn that Julian Assange walk free while the Government deals with EU formalities

EU warrant opt-out 'could free Julian Assange': Campaigners warn of four-month loophole before UK rejoins treaty

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

Who would live in an embassy like this? Julian Assange invites the cameras into Ecuador's west London premises

The sit-down photo shoot and candid chat with a glossy magazine is usually the preserve of footballers and their wives. The founder of an organisation whose stated aim is to “open governments” by leaking sensitive information is perhaps a less obvious cover star.

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

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’

Julian Assange delivers a statement on the balcony at the Ecuador Embassy on 19 August 2012

Julian Assange seeks WikiLeaks Party Australia Senate seat from confines of Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will attempt to win a seat in Australian Senate elections while still confined to Ecuador’s embassy in London.

Bradley Manning is led by a military police officer as he arrives for trial at Fort Meade

Bradley Manning trial: Wikileaks whistleblower is a 'gleeful, grinning' traitor, says prosecutor

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

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

Mr Assange announced his own candidacy for a seat in the Australian Senate in the national elections later this year

Refugees: Angela Merkel should offer Edward Snowden a safe harbour, just as the US sheltered Einstein from the Nazis

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

Like a Cold War thriller – my meeting with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

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

'Outstanding' Richard Freer expected to work on Bechtel's bids to win lucrative MoD contracts

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Geek chic: Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, with Daniel Domscheit-Berg

Julian Assange: The exposer exposed

The WikiLeaks founder's journey from teenage hacker to activist hero, then to international fugitive in a sex case, is inspiring a hard-diskful of film-makers. Nick Hasted has the data

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