The Icelandic researcher journalist and former WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson will become the new editor of WikiLeaks, replacing Julian Assange.
The announcement was made late on Wednesday in a statement issued through him official account of WikiLeaks on Twitter.
Assange was seized for six months at Ecuador's Embassy in London, where he lives from 2012 when the Ecuadorian government interrupted his internet connection and suspended his right to receive visitors from 28 March.
The founder of WikiLeaks resorted to the embassy not to be issued in Sweden. At that time, they were accused of being sexually assaulted. Assange has remained in the embassy since he is still in danger of being arrested by the British authorities because he violated the terms of his initial guarantee by resorting to Ecuador's (where he found asylum) embassy.
Kristinn Hrafnsson has been for many years with Assange and a very respected journalist in his home country in Iceland, having obtained too many awards for his work.
He met with the WikiLeaks founder around 2009 and his immediate involvement as a website representative began the following year when Assange was arrested at the end of 2010 for sexual assault in Sweden. Hrafnsson remained in the same position until 2016.
During this time, Hrafnsson was reportedly the only person who allowed Assange to access sensitive information received by the site.
From his first public statement, Kristinn Hrafnsson sought to raise public awareness of Assange's situation.
"I condemn the treatment of Julian Assange in my new role, but welcome the opportunity to ensure that important work continues in the WikiLeaks ideals."