WikiLeaks calls on US to drop charges against Assange

Posters with the image of Julian Assange.
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The WikiLeaks platform asked the United States authorities this Sunday to drop the charges against its founder, the Australian Julian Assange, who this Monday will know if he is extradited to that country from the United Kingdom.

The British judge Vanessa Baraitser is expected to rule tomorrow in a hearing scheduled at the Old Bailey criminal court, in London, if she authorizes the delivery of the journalist to the US Justice, Washington claims him for 18 crimes of espionage and computer intrusion punished there with up to 175 years in jail.

The view comes after holding a four-week trial in London’s Old Bailey court, in which numerous witnesses for the defense of the activist testified, who rejects his surrender and awaits the resolution of the case held in the Belmarsh high security center.

The United States requests the extradition of Assange to try him for having allegedly conspired with former US soldier Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning) in 2010 and, now, also with other “hackers” between 2007 and 2015 to illegally obtain and publish secret information on his website .

“The mere fact that this case has reached the courts, not to say that it has taken so long, It is a historic, large-scale attack on freedom of speech“, subtitled Kristinn Hrafnsson, director of WikiLeaks.

Hrafnssson further indicated that the US government “should listen to the waves of support from the mainstream media, NGOs from around the world, such as Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders and the UN, who are calling for the charges to be dropped.”

He remembered that “this is a fight that affects the right to know of all people and it is being fought collectively. ”

For her part, Assange’s fiancée, Stella Morris, with whom he shares two young children, will predictably go to the British court tomorrow accompanied by her legal team.

In an article published in the Sunday ‘Mail on Sunday’, Morris pointed out that if the court rules against Assange the ruling “would be a disaster for the UK, both politically and legally”.

During the judicial process, numerous defense witnesses have testified in court, in support of their thesis that Washington’s accusations against his client are “politically motivated” and he would not face a fair trial in that country, although the prosecution maintains that these are criminal acts.

Several psychiatrists have testified, who assured that the journalist, in poor health, suffers from “an autism spectrum disorder” and “presents a risk of suicide” if he is handed over to the United States, something he has tried to avoid since he was arrested in London in 2010 at the request of Sweden for alleged sexual crimes of which he was not charged and which have already been shelved.

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