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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Trevor Knowles
Bruce Katz
Theresa Heurtebise
Patricia Alessandrini
Niall Taylor
daniel whitfield
Mehrzad Mahmoudian-Geller
Adil Asif
Efstathios Kyrilis
Andrew Hinz
Bob Jordan
Gaby Hester
Tina Langhaeuser
Olga Zuyderhoff
chris pearson
Tony McNicholl
Ingrid Koschmieder
Philip Lom
Diane Nelson
Eliza Ramsey
Fabienne Cesaro
santiago gonzalez
Julie Nutt
Steven Borish
Asteris Asteriadis
Gabriella Maria Mani
michael chebo
Thomas Hand
Dawn Ananda Hulton
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Comments

  • Trevor Knowles
    signed 2019-04-14 17:03:18 -0400
  • Bruce Katz
    signed 2019-04-14 17:00:49 -0400
    The arrest of Julian Assange is both an attack against the principle of free speech and a transgression of the rule of law.
  • Theresa Heurtebise
    signed 2019-04-14 16:41:35 -0400
    Assange is NOT a criminal. He is responsible for exposing US military crimes and he embarrassed the government. Free Julian Assange!!!
  • Patricia Alessandrini
    signed 2019-04-14 16:39:02 -0400
  • Niall Taylor
    signed via 2019-04-14 16:36:15 -0400
  • daniel whitfield
    signed 2019-04-14 16:35:43 -0400
  • Mehrzad Mahmoudian-Geller
    signed via 2019-04-14 16:30:24 -0400
  • Adil Asif
    signed 2019-04-14 16:24:51 -0400
  • Efstathios Kyrilis
    signed 2019-04-14 16:23:17 -0400
  • Andrew Hinz
    signed 2019-04-14 16:17:11 -0400
  • Bob Jordan
    signed 2019-04-14 16:14:32 -0400
  • Gaby Hester
    signed via 2019-04-14 16:12:29 -0400
  • Tina Langhaeuser
    signed 2019-04-14 16:12:02 -0400
  • Olga Zuyderhoff
    signed 2019-04-14 16:10:18 -0400
    Free him, give him medical attention he needs, and let him go home! Do not allow him to be used as a pawn in yet another political joust!
  • chris pearson
    signed 2019-04-14 16:06:36 -0400
  • Tony McNicholl
    signed 2019-04-14 15:46:35 -0400
  • Ingrid Koschmieder
    signed 2019-04-14 15:44:51 -0400
    Release Julian Assange!

    Medical treatment for him now!
  • Philip Lom
    signed 2019-04-14 15:43:59 -0400
  • Diane Nelson
    signed 2019-04-14 15:43:00 -0400
  • Eliza Ramsey
    signed 2019-04-14 15:34:59 -0400
  • Fabienne Cesaro
    signed 2019-04-14 15:33:07 -0400
  • santiago gonzalez
    signed 2019-04-14 15:24:00 -0400
  • Julie Nutt
    signed 2019-04-14 15:04:30 -0400
  • Steven Borish
    signed 2019-04-14 14:51:54 -0400
  • Asteris Asteriadis
    signed 2019-04-14 14:50:43 -0400
    without “dear” in the beginning
  • Gabriella Maria Mani
    signed 2019-04-14 14:40:55 -0400
    What did Ecuador get in exchange?
  • michael chebo
    @michaelchebo tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-14 14:36:50 -0400
    I just added my name to an appeal to UK Prime Minister @Theresa_May: The fate of #JulianAssange is in your hands. Speak out for him to be released immediately. Protect freedom of press #FreeAssangeVia @CODEPINK https://www.codepink.org/assange?recruiter_id=754095
  • michael chebo
    signed 2019-04-14 14:36:44 -0400
    Michael Chebo
  • Thomas Hand
    signed 2019-04-14 14:36:25 -0400
    Assange is a hero of the people. His arrest is intended to intimidate and represents a threat of violent oppression of the people and their right to an accountable government.
  • Dawn Ananda Hulton
    signed 2019-04-14 14:34:46 -0400
    Dawn Ananda Hulton
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