What follows is a murky story of a political ploy by the two governments to create a phony rationale for ousting Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The government says it acted because of the WikiLeaks founder's social media posts decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician.
Although Swedish prosecutors dropped sex crime charges against the WikiLeaks founder in 2017, saying there was no prospect of extraditing him to Sweden in the near future, the judge is holding him accountable for jumping bail.
But the new status may change little in the near future for Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum in Ecuador's London embassy for five years.
In the U.S. government’s continued legal pursuit of WikiLeaks, there is much more at stake than what happens to its founder.
The WikiLeaks founder wants to talk with U.K. and U.S. authorities about his legal status now that Swedish authorities have ended their seven-year investigation.
With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.