Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left–Nordic Green Left, GUE/NGL, Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was recently arrested in London’s Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange has been granted asylum for the past six and a half years. A few hours later, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed an indictment against Assange for alleged “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” with court-martialed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Other recipients of the award included Yasmine Motarjemi, the former vice president of Nestlé who exposed the company’s food safety lapses, and Rui Pinto, a computer hacker who exposed the secrets of the soccer world’s top clubs and the sport’s most influential figures.
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