A relatively fair profile of Julian Assange will appear in this month’s issue of the New Yorker. Assange has a tormented life, and I view some of the praise and criticism that he receives as undeserved.
No one knows for sure what would happen if he were to leave the embassy, but I think he should be allowed to leave there unharmed. The case from Sweden was dropped months ago, so his main legal difficulties are now the U.S. and UK. It seems to me as though he’s waiting for a more sympathetic U.S. presidency — perhaps a left-wing one in 2021 — before trying to get out of the embassy.