“Due to extraordinary circumstances where Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks has been held incommunicado (except visits by his lawyers) for six months while arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy, Mr Assange has appointed Kristinn Hrafnsson Editor in Chief of WikiLeaks,” reads the message.
It is also reported that Mr Assange will continue to be the publisher of WikiLeaks.
Mr Hrafnsson is an Icelandic investigative journalist selected in 2010 as Icelandic journalist of the year (his third award) for his role in the Collateral Murder publishing collaboration with WikiLeaks. That same year, he became spokesperson for the organization and kept that post until 2016. Since then he has overseen certain legal projects for WikiLeaks.
The 47-year-old whistleblower is still living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has sought refuge for six years since August 2012, fearing arrest by the British authorities and extradition to the US for breaking bail conditions if he leaves.