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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liam tuffy
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Enzo Bard
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  • liam tuffy
    signed 2019-04-13 11:29:36 -0400
    Liam Tuffy
  • Michael Barton
    signed 2019-04-13 11:24:05 -0400
  • Fabian Medina
    signed 2019-04-13 11:21:40 -0400
  • Lorenzo Ramero
    signed 2019-04-13 11:20:34 -0400
  • Courtney Childs
    signed 2019-04-13 11:20:23 -0400
  • Salme Armijo Armijo
    signed 2019-04-13 11:18:58 -0400
  • William Frenger
    signed 2019-04-13 11:13:29 -0400
    Julian Assange is a Champion of Freedom and Human Rights. He is the Embodiment of the U.S Bill of Rights and the Light of Truth that shines on the profound Corruption and Criminal operations that is stripping The American People of their Rights. He must be set Free immediately and guaranteed safe passage to a location of his choosing. He is exalted by Humanity for his selfless commitment to the highest Moral Standard. We, the people of this extremely troubled world, ask that you, Madam Prime Minister, Stand above the Criminal morass that has seized the U.S. and Ecuadorian Governments, execute your moral authority and Set The Truth Free. Release Julian Assange and escort him to Safety. The World is watching. Thank You.
  • Deirdre Downey
    signed 2019-04-13 11:12:48 -0400
  • Rahul Mehrotra
    signed 2019-04-13 11:02:18 -0400
  • Danila Gresti
    signed 2019-04-13 10:55:50 -0400
  • Deborah Brewster
    signed 2019-04-13 10:54:21 -0400
  • Julie Watkins Watkins
    signed 2019-04-13 10:52:37 -0400
  • Mathieu Meulen
    signed 2019-04-13 10:52:35 -0400
  • Linda Abrevaya
    signed via 2019-04-13 10:52:13 -0400
  • Willem Wachtmeester
    signed 2019-04-13 10:51:21 -0400
  • Danny Weiss
    signed 2019-04-13 10:49:02 -0400
    FREE JULIAN ASSANGE. ARREST THE WAR MAKERS
  • Marilena Castiglione
    signed via 2019-04-13 10:48:52 -0400
  • Enzo Bard
    signed 2019-04-13 10:48:38 -0400
    Enzo Bard
  • Heidi Hoffmann
    signed 2019-04-13 10:44:54 -0400
  • Tom Hohn
    signed 2019-04-13 10:39:54 -0400
  • Claude Crider
    signed 2019-04-13 10:39:14 -0400
  • Jeri Altman
    signed 2019-04-13 10:36:01 -0400
  • Arshad Khan
    signed 2019-04-13 10:34:54 -0400
  • Jerome Thompson
    signed 2019-04-13 10:33:26 -0400
  • Bernadette Powell
    signed 2019-04-13 10:31:29 -0400
  • Elizabeth Burr
    signed 2019-04-13 10:29:41 -0400
  • Noah Waters
    signed 2019-04-13 10:27:20 -0400
    PLEASE stand for rights and what is good. Assange must not be handed over to the US government where he will be used as an example of what they do to people that expose wrongs. The world has needed to know what he, as a journalist, exposed. He has done no wrong. Stand for him, stand for what is right. Please.
  • Bob Thomas
    signed 2019-04-13 10:25:11 -0400
  • Esther AttarMachanek
    @essie224 tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-13 10:20:49 -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=743041
  • Esther AttarMachanek
    signed 2019-04-13 10:20:35 -0400
    Esther Attar Machanek
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