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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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[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/us/politics/julian-assange-indictment-wikileaks.html

[2] https://theintercept.com/2018/11/16/as-the-obama-doj-concluded-prosecution-of-julian-assange-for-publishing-documents-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedom/

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