Hacker friend confirms Assange is alive and well
(INTELLIHUB) — Julian Assange’s public disappearance shortly after the U.S. election prompted a wild internet frenzy igniting a number of viral rumors and conspiracy theories on social networks and online chat boards that Julian Assange had been captured and killed by the C.I.A..
Despite such claims, it is reported that the Australian-born Wikileaks co-founder and Editor in Chief is alive and well according to one of his friends who visited him last week.
Lauri Love, a fellow hacker and friend of Assange tweeted on Friday that he visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has spent the last 4 years holed up in. He is reported to be “looking well” and “in reasonably good spirits.”
Just saw Julian at the embassy. He’s looking well and in reasonably good spirits, considering the world in which we find ourselves.
— Lauri Love (@LauriLoveX) December 9, 2016
It is understood that visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices into the embassy and thus no photos of the meeting were taken.
Mr. Love, a 31-year old British political activist and engineering student with Asperger’s syndrome is best known for his daring exploits of U.S. government computer systems. It is alleged that he stole huge amounts of data from U.S. government agencies including the Federal Reserve, U.S. Army, Department of Defense, NASA, and the F.B.I. in 2012 and 2013.
His lawyer has said that if he is found guilty in America, he could face up to 99 years behind bars.
WeAreChange.org veteran reporter and researcher Aaron Kesel informed me on Monday morning that Lauri Love is an “absolutely credible” source.
This information comes just days after Assange released exonerating text messages relating to the sexual assault allegations levelled at him in Sweden.
On the same day that Mr. Love tweeted his update on Julian, an Australian news outlet The Brisbane Times reported that Mr. Assange is suffering physically and mentally after four years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London but takes comfort from the company of his cat, according to his mother.
Christine Assange says her son is desperate to clear himself of sexual assault allegations, and wants to come home to live in Australia.
“He’d like to come back to his own country, but I don’t know how safe that is,” Ms Assange told ABC radio on Friday.
“He’s still alive … I think he’s going to make it. I’m not sure how, but we’re all working to make that happen,” she said.
Many Wikileaks supporters are still expecting Mr. Assange to release a proof of life video or public balcony appearance as soon as possible.