To sympathizers and celebrity boosters, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose extended furlough inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London ended in handcuffs last week, is a legend and a maligned whistleblower.
To hear it from his hosts, he was the guest from hell. For the last six years and 10 months, Ecuadoran embassy officials claimed they put up with the Australian hacktivist’s tantrums, skateboarding and scatological eccentricities, garnished with cyber-sabotage. (Ecuadoran officials reported being hit by some 40 million attacks on government websites since Assange’s arrest.) Some 72 percent of Ecuadorans were keen to see him go, according to Cedatos, a pollster. Read more>>