By DoubleDownNews, May 17, 2022.
Video: Julian Assange’s wife on the CIA plot to kill her husband in revenge for exposing war crimes and fight to save his life.
Free Julian Assange
Don’t extradite Assange, your rights are at risk. Assange’s right to publish is our right to know.
WikiLeaks editor and publisher Julian Assange is facing a 175 year sentence for publishing truthful information in the public interest.
Revealing war crimes is not a crime.
Julian Assange is being sought by the current US administration for publishing US government documents which exposed war crimes and human rights abuses. The politically motivated charges represent an unprecedented attack on press freedom and the public’s right to know – seeking to criminalise basic journalistic activity.
If convicted Julian Assange faces a sentence of 175 years, likely to be spent in extreme isolation.
UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser previously ruled “it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America” and refused to extradite him, yet the UK Supreme Court has now overruled this and has sent Assange’s extradition request forward to Priti Patel.
Now it is up to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who must comply with Article 4 of the US-UK extradition treaty which bars extradition for political offences. Priti Patel must refuse to send Julian Assange to his death.
The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”.
Massimo Moratti of Amnesty International states that “Were Julian Assange to be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, Britain would be in breach of its obligations under international law.”
Human Rights Watch published an article saying, “The only thing standing between an Assange prosecution and a major threat to global media freedom is Britain. It is urgent that it defend the principles at risk.”
The NUJ has stated that the “US charges against Assange pose a huge threat, one that could criminalise the critical work of investigative journalists and their ability to protect their sources”.
Sign Free Julian Assange Petitions and Actions
One stop shop to stop Priti Patel from extraditing Julian Assange. Take action now. Here are various actions you can take to help Free Julian. We also encourage you to get involved with grassroots support groups in your area or start your own grassroots initiative.
This petition is the largest petition in history to have been presented to the International Criminal Court (The Hague). This is also the largest petition in history to have been successfully Tabled (accepted into Parliament) in both houses of the Australian Parliament.
UK Home Secretary must release Julian Assange from London prison. The UK is required under its international obligations to stop the extradition. Article 4 of the UK-US extradition treaty must be enforced, which prohibits extradition for political offences.
“The decision to either Free Assange or send him to his death now solely rests with with you. Do not send Julian to the country that conspired to murder him in London.”
We can defend the free press and Julian Assange, but we need our representatives to stand up and do the right thing. Sign our petition and let your representative know how crucial it is that the United States drop its charges against Julian!
Donald Trump’s indictment of Julian Assange was an attack on our democratic ideals. Now that the UK High Court has refused to release Assange, it falls on Biden and Attorney General Garland to do the right thing.
It is time to uphold our democratic ideals and demand that our government respect the rights of free speech, free publication, and transparency.
Authorities in the USA must drop the espionage and all other charges against Julian Assange that relate to his publishing activities as part of his work with Wikileaks. The US government’s unrelenting pursuit of Julian Assange for having published disclosed documents that included possible war crimes committed by the US military is nothing short of a full-scale assault on the right to freedom of expression.
If Wikileaks cannot be protected from prosecution for releasing a video that everyone agrees shows a war crime (the gunning-down of Afghan civilians and a Reuters journalist from a US military helicopter) and that was republished in countless newspapers around the world, what kind of reporting will be protected?
Julian Assange’s only “crime” is that of exposing crimes the U.S. government hoped to keep the world from knowing. Sign our petition calling for Assange’s freedom! We also urge you to email the Attorney General: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov and call the Justice Department comment line at 202-353-1555.
Assange’s extradition and prosecution would set a dangerous precedent for journalism and press freedom around the world. The same precedent could be applied to any journalist, any publisher, or any source working with leaked classified information, which would create a distinct chilling effect internationally.