WikiLeaks names new editor-in-chief, replacing Julian Assange | Fox News

WikiLeaks on Wednesday named one-time spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson as its new editor-in-chief, replacing Julian Assange. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)

WikiLeaks on Wednesday replaced Julian Assange as editor-in-chief with onetime spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson.

The ramifications of the move are unclear.

I condemn the treatment of Julian Assange that leads to my new role, Hrafnsson said, asThe Daily Dotreported, but I welcome the opportunity to secure the continuation of the important work based on WikiLeaks ideals.

The organization was founded and has been led for more than a decade by Assange, but the silver-haired Australian has been isolated in legal limbo at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.

WikiLeakstweetedthat Assange will stay on as the groups publisher.

Assange had his communications cut in March by Ecuadors new president, Lenn Moreno, and Wednesdays statement said the 47-year-old ex-hacker remained incommunicado.

WikiLeaks job titles have proven fluid over the years.

Assange has described himself variously as the groups spokesman, publisher and editor.

Hrafnsson, a longtime friend of Assange, said that it remains to be seen whether his change in responsibility will be permanent.

The Dot reported that Hrafnsson is an Icelandic journalist with multiple awards for his work.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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