We strongly protest the unlawful and inhumane incarceration of Julian Assange (founder of Wikileaks, journalist, and member of DiEM25 Advisory Panel), by British authorities, as well as his intended extradition to the US.
We are certain that Assange will have an unfair trial in the USA. It is shameful to charge with espionage the journalist who uncovered war atrocities committed by the US Army and their allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, shed light on machinations and misdemeanors of great corporations, and shared these facts for free with the entire world. The same forces of empire exposed by this journalist are now putting him on trial. The injustice is already evident.
Assange has spent seven years in the embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in London. He spent the last two years in one room, under constant surveillance, without heating, cut off from any connection to the outside world. On April 11th Assange was denied political asylum by the puppet regime of the Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno. The whole world has seen the disturbing images of Assange being brutally dragged from the embassy.
By arresting and extraditing Assange, Great Britain betrays the democratic and humanist traditions it claims to upuhold. The USA, by insisting on the extradition of Assange, is breaching the first Amendment of the US Constitution according to which “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
Assange’s arrest and extradition to the USA would be a serious precedent that would make it possible for every independent journalist to end up in court and tried as a spy. Every crime, theft or treachery can be labeled as espionage, leading to life sentences or worse.
Assange’s persecution is therefore not his alone. It is all of ours. We call upon all the free-thinking people who believe in solidarity, truth, justice and the free flow of information to raise their voice for the only possible righteous verdict: Freedom for Assange! Free him now!
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