Release Julian Assange

Founded in 2006 by Julian Assange, Wikileaks offers journalist and others an anonymous, secure online submission system to reveal war crimes, the inner workings of governments, human rights abuses, corporate crimes, and much more. It is one of the most important tools for journalists and whistleblowers, Assange has been one of the most important figures protecting the right to freedom of speech and press.

Thanks to Julian Assange:

  • WikiLeaks documents have informed the public about U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and more.
  • WikiLeaks documents have released tens of thousands of articles and academic papers.
  • WikiLeaks releases have been used in numerous court cases where human rights defenders have been on trial.
  • Julian Assange’s only “crime” is that of exposing crimes the U.S. government hoped to keep the world from knowing. Rather than being extradited to the U.S to be tried and imprisoned, he must be released immediately by the U.K. and ensured safe passage home to Australia. 

Petition

To the Government of the UK,

We, the undersigned, are firmly opposed to the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where he is facing 18 charges under the Espionage Act and could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

Assange’s alleged crimes date back to 2010, when the organization he founded, WikiLeaks, transmitted documents to media outlets including Le Monde, The Guardian and The New York Times. The documents, which were provided to WikiLeaks by whistleblower Chelsea Manning, included 250,000 US diplomatic cables and US army reports about military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, exposed cases of torture, abduction and disappearances.

The publication of these documents by media outlets was clearly in the public interest, and not an act of espionage. Julian Assange’s contribution to journalism is undeniable.

If the legal persecution of Assange continues, investigative journalism and press freedom will be the victims, since news organizations regularly rely on and publish classified information to serve the public interest.

We are also concerned about Assange’s health. UN special rapporteur Nils Melzer reported that Assange had been deliberately exposed to inhuman and degrading treatment that could be described as psychological torture.

We urge you to respect the principles of freedom of expression and the defence of journalism, and to respect Assange’s human rights. Rather than being extradited to the U.S to be tried and imprisoned, we urge you to release Assange immediately and ensure his safe passage home to Australia.

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christian stalberg
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Corinne Henry
Stuart Chen-Hayes
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Kim Elliott
Lea C
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Toni Patterson
Gloria Lebowitz Lebowitz
Colleen Curtis
Alexistori Gonzalez
Alicia Elisha Kwon Kwon
Kristin Schröder
Polisi Fitz
Sharran McNiven
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Emina Bozek
Kim Pratt
Keith McHenry
Michael Makinney
Rory McNaught
Sally Young
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  • christian stalberg
    signed via 2020-04-05 08:56:24 -0400
  • Jay Woods
    signed 2020-04-04 02:57:39 -0400
  • Beate Gibalski
    signed 2020-04-03 16:20:16 -0400
  • Helena Schütte
    signed 2020-03-31 06:50:54 -0400
  • Serge nDestroy
    signed 2020-03-30 15:21:12 -0400
  • Corinne Henry
    signed 2020-03-30 12:58:32 -0400
    Corinne HENRY
  • Stuart Chen-Hayes
    @SChenHayes tweeted link to this page. 2020-03-28 13:28:08 -0400
    .@GOVUK: Respect Assange’s human rights by releasing him and ensuring his safe passage home to Australia. #FreeAssange #PressFreedomVia @CODEPINK https://www.codepink.org/assange?recruiter_id=690003
  • Stuart Chen-Hayes
    signed 2020-03-28 13:27:50 -0400
  • Yves Dalzon
    signed 2020-03-27 20:21:33 -0400
    Yves Dalzon
  • Alessandra Barzini
    signed 2020-03-27 17:26:10 -0400
  • Kim Elliott
    signed 2020-03-24 21:34:37 -0400
  • Lea C
    signed 2020-03-23 09:13:55 -0400
  • Sonia Noemi Cross
    signed 2020-03-23 00:11:00 -0400
    We must stop all governments from criminalizing Journalists who expose corruption and murder.
  • Toni Patterson
    signed 2020-03-18 21:47:24 -0400
  • Gloria Lebowitz Lebowitz
    signed 2020-03-14 12:26:41 -0400
  • Colleen Curtis
    signed 2020-03-13 23:25:38 -0400
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-03-12 07:57:56 -0400
    Release Julian please. Please
  • Alicia Elisha Kwon Kwon
    signed 2020-03-11 15:41:40 -0400
  • Kristin Schröder
    signed 2020-03-11 07:27:42 -0400
  • Polisi Fitz
    signed 2020-03-11 03:27:40 -0400
  • Sharran McNiven
    signed 2020-03-11 02:13:02 -0400
  • Gregory O'Flaherty
    signed 2020-03-11 02:09:16 -0400
  • Emina Bozek
    signed 2020-03-10 23:37:57 -0400
    Emina Bozek
  • Kim Pratt
    signed 2020-03-10 10:37:51 -0400
  • Keith McHenry
    signed 2020-03-10 09:25:17 -0400
    The war criminals he exposed should lead to the jailing of the people that ordered them.
  • Michael Makinney
    signed 2020-03-10 01:30:53 -0400
  • Rory McNaught
    signed 2020-03-09 19:17:15 -0400
    Rory McNaught
  • Sally Young
    signed 2020-03-09 18:24:23 -0400
  • Susanne Litvinova
    signed 2020-03-09 14:55:51 -0400
  • Cengiz Deniz
    signed 2020-03-09 13:02:19 -0400
    Let this man at once free who is fighting for our freedom and replace his place with Georg W. Bush and Tony Blair!
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