Lopez Obrador says he pleaded for Assange in letter to Biden | Julian Assange News

Mexico’s president says nation renewed earlier provide of asylum for Wikileaks founder, wished in US on a number of fees.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has mentioned he gave a letter to his US counterpart Joe Biden in defence of Julian Assange after the UK authorised the Wikileaks founder’s extradition to the USA.

In response to a reporter’s query throughout a information convention on Monday, Lopez Obrador mentioned Mexico has renewed a earlier provide of asylum to Assange.

“I left a letter to the president about Assange, explaining that he didn’t commit any critical crime, didn’t trigger anybody’s loss of life, didn’t violate any human rights, and that he exercised his freedom, and that arresting him would imply a everlasting affront to freedom of expression,” Lopez Obrador mentioned.

“I additionally mentioned that Mexico is providing safety and asylum to Julian Assange,” he mentioned, including that he has not but heard again from Biden.

The event comes after the UK final month authorised Assange’s extradition to the US to face felony fees associated to WikiLeaks’ launch of confidential US army data and diplomatic cables.

UK House Secretary Priti Patel’s workplace mentioned British courts had concluded the extradition wouldn’t be incompatible with Assange’s human rights, and that he can be handled appropriately.

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Assange supporters protest towards his extradition from the UK to the US [File: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]

On July 1, Assange appealed his extradition to the US on the Excessive Courtroom in London.

The 51-year-old, who was born in Australia, is needed by US authorities on 18 counts, together with a spying cost, referring to WikiLeaks’ launch of huge troves of confidential US army data and diplomatic cables that Washington mentioned had put lives at risk.

The Australian authorities has been below mounting strain to intervene, however final month Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected calls for him to publicly demand that Washington drop its prosecution of Assange.

Final week, Lopez Obrador met with Biden in Washington, DC, throughout which the Mexican president mentioned he introduced up Assange’s case.

Lopez Obrador, sometimes called AMLO, lately mentioned the Statue of Liberty ought to be dismantled and returned to France if Assange is imprisoned within the US.

Assange’s supporters, in the meantime, say the Wikileaks founder is an anti-establishment hero who has been victimised as a result of he uncovered US wrongdoing in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. They argue that his prosecution is a politically motivated assault on journalism and free speech.

“The battle to avoid wasting Assange can also be the battle to avoid wasting press freedom and our First Modification rights,” DC Motion for Assange and the Assange Protection Committee, US-based teams, mentioned in a letter thanking Lopez Obrador for his assist final week.

“We agree with you that the prosecution of Mr Assange for publishing is a profound menace to journalism all over the world. We recognize your constant vocal assist for these necessary ideas, core tenets of a functioning democracy,” they mentioned.

Assange’s authorized troubles started in 2010 when Sweden sought his extradition from Britain over allegations of intercourse crimes. When he misplaced that case in 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the place he spent seven years.

When he was eliminated in April 2019, he was jailed for breaching British bail circumstances though the Swedish case towards him had been dropped. He has been preventing extradition to the US since June 2019 and stays in jail.

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