This petition was circulating in Europe prior to this morning's 
break-in by British police into the Ecuadoran embassy in London and 
the arrest of Julian Assange, whose publication, Wikileaks, published 
and exposed the U.S. government's secret manipulations for war and 
its war crimes and crimes against humanity. These included the U.S. 
government's and England's bombing of civilians and journalists in 
Iraq, their targeting of civilians, establishment of scret "black 
ops" prisons in countries all over the world where prisoners were 
renditioned without trial and tortured, and much much more.

We, people of conscience in the U.S. and elsewhere, stand against 
those crimes against humanity, and the U.S. government's campaign 
against Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and other heroes, 
whistleblowers and journalists, and demand not only that they not be 
extradited, but that they be freed and protected.

- Mitchel Cohen
Brooklyn Greens / Green Party
Brooklyn, New York

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To the governments of Ecuador and UK

Julian Assange, through Wikileaks, has done the world a great service 
in documenting American war crimes, its spying on allies and other 
dirty secrets of the world's most powerful regimes, organisations and 
corporations. This has not endeared him to the American deep state. 
Both Obama, Clinton and Trump have declared that arresting Julian 
Assange should be a priority. We have recently received confirmation 
[1] that he has been charged in secret so as to have him extradited 
to the USA as soon as he can be arrested.

Assange's persecution, the persecution of a publisher for publishing 
information [2] that was truthful and clearly in the interest of the 
public - and which has been republished in major newspapers around 
the world - is a danger to freedom of the press everywhere, 
especially as the USA is asserting a right to arrest and try a 
non-American who neither is nor was then on American soil. The 
sentence is already clear: if not the death penalty then life in a 
supermax prison and ill treatment like Chelsea Manning. The very 
extradition of Julian Assange to the United States would at the same 
time mean the final death of freedom of the press in the West.

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The courageous nation of Ecuador has offered Assange political asylum 
within its London embassy for several years until now. However, under 
pressure by the USA, the new government has made it clear that they 
want to drive Assange out of the embassy and into the arms of the 
waiting police as soon as possible. They have already curtailed his 
internet and his visitors and turned the heating off, leaving him 
freezing in a desolate state for the past few months and leading to 
the rapid decline of his health, breaching UK obligations under the 
European Convention of Human Rights. Therefore, our demand both to 
the government of Ecuador and the government of the UK is: don't 
extradite Assange to the US! Guarantee his human rights, make his 
stay at the embassy as bearable as possible and enable him to leave 
the embassy towards a secure country as soon as there are guarantees 
not to arrest and extradite him. Furthermore, we, as EU voters, 
encourage European nations to take proactive steps to protect a 
journalist in danger. The world is still watching.

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