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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Ted Clement-Evans
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Kendra Harper
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patrick insam
Elliott Joe
Wendie Dockstader
Erica Stanojevic
jane collyer
Filiberto Urias
Ayman Fadel
dave hill
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Rosemary Graham-Gardner
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  • Ted Clement-Evans
    signed 2020-02-28 10:20:49 -0500
  • Craig Fahan
    signed 2020-02-28 10:20:45 -0500
  • Chris Weidenbach
    signed 2020-02-28 02:21:24 -0500
  • Jess Wardlaw
    signed 2020-02-27 22:49:19 -0500
  • Debra Dragonheart
    signed 2020-02-27 22:29:49 -0500
  • Kendra Harper
    signed 2020-02-27 19:54:50 -0500
  • Josune Arzalluz
    signed 2020-02-27 19:53:08 -0500
  • Abigail Pérez
    signed 2020-02-27 17:35:04 -0500
  • Carl Van Dyke
    signed 2020-02-27 17:29:50 -0500
  • Linda Lane
    signed 2020-02-27 17:17:03 -0500
  • Angie Magallon
    signed 2020-02-27 14:10:37 -0500
    Free Assange!
  • Deb c
    signed 2020-02-27 12:08:17 -0500
  • Wendy Swinson
    signed 2020-02-27 09:36:29 -0500
  • patrick insam
    signed 2020-02-27 05:47:07 -0500
    We have right to know the truth
  • Elliott Joe
    signed 2020-02-27 00:16:44 -0500
  • Wendie Dockstader
    signed 2020-02-26 20:30:49 -0500
  • Erica Stanojevic
    signed 2020-02-26 20:15:39 -0500
  • jane collyer
    signed 2020-02-26 17:42:17 -0500
  • Filiberto Urias
    signed 2020-02-26 16:30:57 -0500
    Please use the concepts of jury nullification in the US or perverse verdict in the UK to correct the injustice being perpetrated on someone who attempted to bring a little more of the desperately needed justice and accountability to the world.
  • Ayman Fadel
    signed 2020-02-26 14:30:27 -0500
    Ayman Hossam Fadel
  • dave hill
    signed 2020-02-26 13:45:20 -0500
  • Jessica Hope
    signed 2020-02-26 12:15:29 -0500
    Investigative journalism is so important, if Assange is imprisoned for as long as they’re suggesting it’s a scary day for us all.
  • Orion Cooper
    signed 2020-02-26 12:07:09 -0500
  • Scott Anderson
    signed 2020-02-26 10:34:30 -0500
  • wansun song
    signed 2020-02-26 10:17:55 -0500
  • ines jambrek
    signed 2020-02-26 09:29:57 -0500
  • Fabiola Dal lago
    signed via 2020-02-26 07:00:04 -0500
  • Mario Basso
    signed via 2020-02-26 04:32:05 -0500
  • valerie morales saada
    signed 2020-02-26 03:07:38 -0500
    valerie morales saada
  • Rosemary Graham-Gardner
    signed 2020-02-26 03:04:07 -0500
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