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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Laura C Ramon
Alma Busby-Williams
Dennis Scott
Charles Browning
Kathleen Barrett
Steven MacNear
Sheila Mandell
Donia Connell
David Mallon
Megan Strawn
Suzanne Birch
Joanna Hamlin
jean fallon
Mary Hollowell
Alexistori Gonzalez
Michele Balfour
Elizabeth O'Connor
Kay BRainerd
Robert H Redford Redford
Jennifer Dunn
Merna Schmidt
Donna Knipp
Tanya Klein
marcus nestor
Anne Erde
Eila Kokkinen
Alf Liebhold
Margaret Hemper
Roberta Swanson
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  • Laura C Ramon
    signed 2020-02-25 19:14:41 -0500
  • Alma Busby-Williams
    signed 2020-02-25 18:48:57 -0500
  • Dennis Scott
    signed 2020-02-25 17:40:25 -0500
    Set him free.
  • Charles Browning
    signed via 2020-02-25 17:21:26 -0500
    We can handle the truth!
  • Kathleen Barrett
    signed 2020-02-25 17:10:06 -0500
    Whistleblowers are not criminals. Free Assange!
  • Merna Schmidt
    @actionsforgood tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-25 16:55:29 -0500
    .@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=42585
  • Steven MacNear
    signed 2020-02-25 16:23:05 -0500
  • Sheila Mandell
    signed 2020-02-25 15:11:36 -0500
  • Donia Connell
    signed 2020-02-25 15:03:11 -0500
    The war criminals should be held accountable for their crimes, instead they are trying to kill the messenger.

    Only in a f**ked up world does this happen.
  • David Mallon
    signed 2020-02-25 14:30:16 -0500
    The fact that Julian Assange is imprisoned rather than knighted, shows how insidiously corrupt governments are.
  • Megan Strawn
    signed 2020-02-25 14:02:26 -0500
  • Suzanne Birch
    signed 2020-02-25 13:40:15 -0500
  • Joanna Hamlin
    signed 2020-02-25 11:58:31 -0500
  • jean fallon
    signed 2020-02-25 11:40:13 -0500
    Jean Fallon
  • Mary Hollowell
    signed 2020-02-25 11:34:22 -0500
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-02-25 10:34:46 -0500
    Release Julian please. Please
  • Michele Balfour
    signed 2020-02-25 09:23:10 -0500
  • Elizabeth O'Connor
    signed 2020-02-25 08:38:21 -0500
  • Kay BRainerd
    signed 2020-02-25 08:07:42 -0500
  • Robert H Redford Redford
    signed 2020-02-25 06:34:39 -0500
    This man has suffered Enough

    He should be released and given political asylum straight away

    Exposing wrong doing

    Maybe a crime in the US and it should not be

    There or here

    Sign this petition

    Its Urgent.
  • Jennifer Dunn
    signed 2020-02-25 05:42:12 -0500
  • Merna Schmidt
    signed 2020-02-25 01:55:35 -0500
  • Donna Knipp
    signed 2020-02-24 23:39:03 -0500
  • Tanya Klein
    signed 2020-02-24 23:03:48 -0500
  • marcus nestor
    signed 2020-02-24 22:32:26 -0500
    Britain refused to cave to US demands when there was a shit ton of money at stake (even though the accusations were probably true)..But Britain will cordially destroy an innocent mans life by extraditing him to the US on spurious and vindictive political charges – even though the US has repeatedly refused to respect Britains request to return the killer of Harry Dunn to face, what would certainly be, minimal criminal charges
  • Anne Erde
    signed 2020-02-24 21:35:13 -0500
  • Eila Kokkinen
    signed 2020-02-24 20:47:21 -0500
    Eila Kokkinen
  • Alf Liebhold
    signed 2020-02-24 20:40:50 -0500
    Alf Liebhold
  • Margaret Hemper
    signed 2020-02-24 20:40:47 -0500
  • Roberta Swanson
    signed 2020-02-24 20:07:57 -0500
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