Both the British and US government wish Julian Assange would just die in captivity. However, there are a determined group of supporters who keep the spotlight on the arbitrary and unfair detention of Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. From Justice for Assange at justice4assange.com:
He entered the embassy on June 19, 2012 and applied for political asylum, seeking protection from US political persecution and attempts to imprison him over his work as the publisher of WikiLeaks. He was granted political asylum after the UK and Sweden refused to give an assurance they would not extradite him to the US over WikiLeaks publications. The US formally started grand jury proceedings against him in May 2010.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has confirmed that arresting Mr. Assange is a “priority”.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo (now US Secretary of State) has stated that Julian Assange “has no First Amendment Rights” and has described WikiLeaks to a “non-state hostile intelligence agency”
Under oath, top US intelligence chiefs have admitted that they have found no evidence to suggest WikiLeaks colluded with Russia:
In 2017 then FBI director James Comey told Congress: “[Assange] hasn’t been apprehended because he is in the Ecuadorian embassy in London”.
The UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has received a US extradition warrant. The US government has pursued a grand jury against Mr. Assange since 2010 — which is what led to his asylum in 2012.
Why does the US government want to prosecute Assange.
A US grand jury investigation has been ongoing since May 2010 with the purpose of bringing a case against Mr. Assange over WikiLeaks publications. Efforts to prosecute Mr. Assange have expanded under the Trump administration to include WikiLeaks groundbreaking series on the CIA published last year. Mr. Assange faces up to life imprisonment for multiple charges including conspiracy, theft, and electronic espionage—a terrorism offence.
President Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo stated that Mr. Assange has “no First Amendment rights” and that the CIA is working to “take down” WikiLeaks. The US Senate intelligence committee has tabled legislation to declare WikiLeaks a “non state intelligence service” and that the US government should “treat it accordingly”.
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