Release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: After 14 years, diplomacy prevails

The drama surrounding Julian Assange is finally over. It reached its peak in the triumphant times of populism, and now the legal dispute has been settled by realists. Long live pragmatism.

Even Stella Assange can’t quite believe it. “We weren’t sure until 24 hours ago whether it would really happen,” the human rights lawyer said on Tuesday morning in a BBC interview about her husband’s release. She was able to quickly pack a few things before leaving London, which had been her home for more than a decade, for Australia with her children at the weekend.