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PHOTOS: The Julian Assange affair
Thursday, August 16th, 2012

To some, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the advocate of transparency. To others, he's a criminal trying to escape justice.

For two months, Assange has lived at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, seeking asylum and avoiding extradition to Sweden and possibly the United States. Today, Ecuador offered him that asylum.

GlobalPost takes a look at Assange, from the height of WikiLeaks through his trial in London and up to his asylum offer.

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Julian Assange, the Australian founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, holds up a copy of the Guardian newspaper featuring the website's leaked documents about Afghanistan on July 26, 2010.

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Assange speaks about whistle-blowing at a press conference at City University London on December 1, 2011.

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A protester holds up a photo copy of the front cover of Time Magazine featuring Assange as Reader's Choice for 2010 person of the year outside Westminster Magistrates Court on December 14, 2010 in London, England.

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A protester demonstrates outside the City of Westminster Magistrates Court where Assange attended an extradition hearing on December 14, 2010 in London, England.

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Although a British court granted Assange bail over sex crimes claims, he remained behind bars at Wandsworth prison.

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Assange gestures inside a prison van with red windows as he arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice on December 16, 2010 in London, England.

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Supporters of Assange dressed in Guantanamo Bay prison camp uniforms stand outside Belmarsh Magistrates' Court on February 24, 2011 in London, England.

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Copies of 'Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography' on sale on September 22, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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British publisher Canongate admitted 'Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography' was a first draft and that Assange had tried to stop its publication, but said they were proud to publish the 'passionate, provocative and opinionated' book.

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Assange speaks to demonstrators inspired by Occupy Wall Street from the steps of Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London on October 15, 2011.

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Assange speaks to demonstrators from the steps of Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London on October 15, 2011.

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Assange leaves the Supreme Court in central London on February 1, 2012 on the first day of his appeal against extradition.

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Assange is picture through a camera viewfinder as he speaks at a press conference in central London on February 27, 2012.

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A supporter of Assange holds a placard with the slogan 'Ecuador, country of freedom' written in Spanish outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London on June 21, 2012, two days after Assange turned up at the embassy seeking asylum.

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A woman stands next to posters attached to railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, on June 29, 2012.

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and Christine Assange, mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wave from a balcony of the Carondelet presidential palace in Quito on August 1, 2012.

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Ecuadorean activists with a banner reading 'Free Assange' demonstrate in front of the Carondolet presidential palace in Quito, on June 20, 2012.

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Police stand guard outside the Ecuadorean Embassy on August 15, 2012 in London, England.

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A supporter of Assange stands outside the Ecuadorean Embassy on August 16, 2012 in London, England.

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Press and media gather outside the Ecuadorian Embassy.

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Protesters and media gather outside the Ecuadorean Embassy on August 16, 2012 in London, England.

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