Assange’s extradiction: A Crime against our most fundamental rights

A ‘dark day for press freedom,’ campaigners declare as Home Office agrees to extradite Assange to US

CAMPAIGNERS, politicians and academics condemned today Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision to extradite journalist Julian Assange to the US as a “dark day for press freedom and British democracy.”
The WikiLeaks founder has 14 days to appeal Ms Patel’s decision to send him to the US where he is facing charges for exposing the country’s war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr Assange has been held in Belmarsh prison in London for nearly three years after he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in the capital.
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British Home Secretary Approves Assange’s US Extradition

British Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, the Home Office confirmed on Friday.
The 50-years-old journalist is wanted in the United States on allegations of disclosing national defense information following WikiLeaks’s publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked military documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars a decade ago.
Among those disclosures is an Apache helicopter video footage documenting the U.S. military gunning down Reuters journalists and children in Baghdad’s streets in 2007. Upon learning about the decision of the British authorities, the WikiLeaks portal described this Friday as a “dark day for freedom of the press and British democracy.”
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UK Home Secretary Patel approves extradition of Julian Assange to the United States

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. If extradited, he faces life imprisonment on charges under the Espionage Act for journalism exposing US war crimes, coup plots and human rights abuses and the complicity of the UK and other imperialist allies.
After over 11 and half years since he was first arrested in London in December 2010, kept in arbitrary detention and then imprisoned in London’s maximum security Belmarsh, the British government has dispensed with all legal norms and signed an order that could well result in Assange’s death.
A Home Office spokesperson said, “Under the Extradition Act 2003, the secretary of state must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds to prohibit the order being made.
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The last appeal by Mikis Theodorakis: Save Julian Assange

December 2019

We the undersigned respectfully call on the moral authorities of the United Kingdom to use their influence to obtain immediately release of Julian Assange, citizen of Australia, from Belmarsh prison where he is being unjustly and cruelly incarcerated.
Julian Assange is not charged with any crime or even misdemeanor in Britain, and has fully served his sentence for his single offense: jumping bail to avoid extradition to the United States via Sweden.  He was not and is not charged for any crime in Sweden.  The sole charges against him originate in the United States, on purely political grounds, aimed at punishing Julian Assange for publication of accurate information provided by informed sources.  This is a regular practice of all mainstream media, which now shamefully fail to speak out in defense of Mr. Assange, even when they published exactly the same information that he did.
It is quite clear that in their current treatment of Julian Assange, the United Kingdom is debasing itself as a mere instrument of political repression exercised by the United States.
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