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How seven years in embassy 'prison' changed Assange

(CNN)Like many people, I saw the video of the arrest first on Twitter. I was shocked to see how much Julian has aged. His tall frame bent over by the police, dragging him out. He looked desperate and cornered. He was not the confident, daring -- and often calculating -- transparency activist I knew.I met Julian in 2009 before WikiLeaks became a household name. I'd heard that he had access to a video of a US military attack in Afghanistan and so I buttonholed him at an event in London. One day he showed up in my office with a USB stick filled with tens of thousands of what he said were classified US government documents. That's how I ended up reporting on, what was then, the biggest leak of government documents in US history. Julian always ...