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.

Who's signing

Karen Malpede Malpede
maxine chiu
Eric Schwartz
Susan Detato
Gary Weglarz
Terry Brough #Jc9
Marie Spike
Mary Heffron
Wade Laird
Laurie Millette
Tracey Cooper
Gregory Alper
alwen bauer
Jeff Bradian
Julia Ballinger Dalton
Alison Carville
Aloysius Wald
Joan Sitnick
Abigail Fuller
Calvin Cahan
Siamak Vossoughi
Dean Murville
Dan Wicht
Don Swall
Todd Clark
Amitav Dash
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  • Karen Malpede Malpede
    signed 2019-04-12 12:26:09 -0400
    An Attack on Julian Assange is an attack on free press and the right of the people to know the truth about what their government is doing.
  • maxine chiu
    signed 2019-04-12 12:26:06 -0400
  • Eric Schwartz
    signed 2019-04-12 12:26:03 -0400
  • Terry Brough #Jc9
    @TerryB28937065 tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-12 12:26:03 -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=632524
  • Susan Detato
    signed 2019-04-12 12:26:02 -0400
  • Gary Weglarz
    signed 2019-04-12 12:26:00 -0400
  • Terry Brough #Jc9
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:56 -0400
  • Marie Spike
    @spike_marie tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-12 12:25:55 -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=424499
  • Jeff Bradian
    @jBradian tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-12 12:25:49 -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=469325
  • Marie Spike
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:46 -0400
  • Mary Heffron
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:46 -0400
  • Wade Laird
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:45 -0400
  • Julia Ballinger Dalton
    @RecoveringArmyB tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-12 12:25:41 -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=484035
  • Laurie Millette
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:41 -0400
  • Tracey Cooper
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:40 -0400
  • Gregory Alper
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:39 -0400
  • alwen bauer
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:39 -0400
    A Free press is essential
  • Jeff Bradian
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:36 -0400
  • Julia Ballinger Dalton
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:35 -0400
    This is happening to Assange because he exposed US war crimes. This is an attack on free speech and freedom of the press.
  • Alison Carville
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:28 -0400
  • Aloysius Wald
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:25 -0400
  • Joan Sitnick
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:20 -0400
  • Abigail Fuller
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:19 -0400
  • Calvin Cahan
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:16 -0400
  • Siamak Vossoughi
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:16 -0400
  • Dean Murville
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:13 -0400
  • Dan Wicht
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:12 -0400
  • Don Swall
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:10 -0400
  • Todd Clark
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:07 -0400
  • Amitav Dash
    signed 2019-04-12 12:25:06 -0400
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