One day before the court decision on the extradition of Julian Assange to the USA, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition demanding the immediate release of the Wikileaks founder.
RSF says it has submitted 108,000 signatures against extradition to the British government.
“The U.S. indictment of Julian Assange is clearly politically motivated,” said Christian Mihr, executive director of the German chapter of Reporters Without Borders (RSF.) “The U.S. wants to make an example and have a chilling effect on media professionals everywhere.”
A British court will rule on the U.S. request on Monday, Jan. 4. If the U.S. request for Julian Assange’s extradition is granted, his case will be referred to the British Home Secretary for a final decision. The hearing at London’s Magistrates’ Court at the famed Old Bailey is estimated to take several weeks.
Meanwhile, Assange’s fiancée and mother of his two young children Stella Morris has called on President Donald Trump to pardon him before the end of his term. Because Assange exposed American war crimes, he faces life in prison in the United States.
Assange had holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years starting in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape charges and possibly to America until he was arrested by London police at the request of the Ecuadorian ambassador. Previously, Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, had revoked his right to asylum. Since then, the Australian has been in detention. More and more people are protesting against his threatened extradition to the USA.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – TN