World Rallies Around Julian Assange - Calls From US Congress To Drop Prosecution

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Mass Protests and Calls From US Congress To Drop Prosecution
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13 February 2024
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was in a London court Tuesday to appeal being extradited to the U.S. where he faces espionage charges.

Outside the U.K. courthouse, hundreds of people gathered in support of the free-speech political prisoner.

Assange has been fighting against being extradited to America for over ten years now, but the British government seems ready to ship him overseas...

In America, fifteen congressmen and GOP Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky sent Joe Biden a bipartisan letter urging him to halt Assange’s prosecution.

“Deep concerns about this case have been repeatedly expressed by international media outlets, human rights and press freedom advocates, and Members of Congress, among others,” the lawmakers wrote.

They added, “It is the duty of journalists to seek out sources, including documentary evidence, in order to report to the public on the activities of government. The United States must not pursue an unnecessary prosecution that risks criminalizing common journalistic practices and thus chilling the work of the free press. We urge you to ensure that this case be brought to a close in as timely a manner as possible.”...

Former U.S. Senator Ron Paul released a video in support of Assange, writing on X, “As Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange makes one final appeal before UK judges to avoid being extradited to the US to face 175 years in prison, press freedom advocates worldwide call on the governments of the US and UK to cease the years-long persecution.”...


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