Seven years ago, Julian Assange seemed at the height of his powers—a superstar information warrior behind the biggest leak in history—when he faced his first major legal blow.
- Dan Collyns
- NYR Daily
He had lost a long fight against extradition to Sweden, where two women had accused him of rape.
The possibilities for the rootless WikiLeaks founder, who was used to working from other people’s sofas and hotel rooms around the world, narrowed rapidly.
Fearing that the Swedish investigation could lead to his extradition to the United States, in June 2012 Assange walked into the…