One of the reasons for the release of founder and editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks Julian Assange should be the possibility of a working democracy in Europe, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday. The international campaign FreeAssange is currently underway, as a number of events are held across the world on June 19-25 to mark the fourth anniversary of his political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange launched the WikiLeaks website in 2006. Since then, the site has released millions of classified diplomatic documents from around the world on espionage practices, war crimes, torture and many other human rights violations. The US charges against the whistleblower include espionage, conspiracy, theft of government property and computer fraud — for which Assange could face about 45 years in prison.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.