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

Tony Albrich
Ana Ribeiro
Polly Milner
liz canny
william potvin
Priscilla Felia
Emil Brütsch
Amy Harlib
Michael Lovering
Geoff Davies
Tony Ansell
Fatima Zeghoudi
Animae Jones
Daniel Vinet
carine tanagila
John Lehman
Ilona Sturm
Chris V
Shelley Byrne
Lisbeth West
Sally Esquivel
Bob Meola
Ariyana Love
Andre Erbe
t. jacobs
Liane Franck
Fritz Letsch
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  • Tony Albrich
    signed 2019-09-30 09:32:48 -0400
    Do not extradite Julian Assange to the United States. Set him free. He is a publisher. He has informed us about human rights abuses and crimes committed by the U.S. government overseas — abuses that the U.S. government has tried to keep secret from us.
  • Ana Ribeiro
    signed 2019-09-29 21:08:18 -0400
    Please free Julian assange he is innocent and he is a hero !
  • Polly Milner
    signed 2019-09-25 11:26:49 -0400
  • liz canny
    signed 2019-09-24 12:09:39 -0400
    Assange should be released!..He is innocent!
  • william potvin
    signed via 2019-09-21 21:39:27 -0400
    william J potvin A worthy and critical cause
  • Priscilla Felia
    signed 2019-09-21 11:10:51 -0400
    Julian Assange is not even guilty of anything! He is an innocent man. Because one of the things he did was to release a video where rogue U.S. military men shot a journalist and some children and laughed about it – that it what you are punishing Julian Assange for? Other media printed and released the same information and won awards for it. What kind of hypocrisy is this? It is beyond the pale. Let’s see if your justice works. If you are honorable, Julian should be released immediately. In deed, he should have never been imprisoned for anything. Your country’s trumped up, phony charges against him show what liars you are, sinking further and further into a cesspool of nasty, dirty, actions. Show us what you are made of. Show us you are human – admit the truth, that Julian Assange is a very special and honorable person who cares about the world and its descent into disgusting falsehoods. He tried to tell the truth to help the human race evolve to a better place. -Priscilla Felia
  • Emil Brütsch
    signed 2019-09-21 07:06:18 -0400
  • Amy Harlib
    @amyharlib tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-18 15:27:16 -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=780379
  • Amy Harlib
    signed 2019-09-18 15:27:07 -0400
    DON’T HARM THE MESSENGER!
  • Michael Lovering
    signed 2019-09-18 14:39:46 -0400
    Michael T. Lovering
  • Geoff Davies
    signed 2019-09-18 04:13:42 -0400
    C’mon Boris, do the right thing
  • Tony Ansell
    signed 2019-09-17 15:29:54 -0400
  • Fatima Zeghoudi
    signed 2019-09-17 02:15:31 -0400
    Fatima Zeghoudi
  • Animae Jones
    signed 2019-09-16 11:17:47 -0400
  • Daniel Vinet
    signed 2019-09-15 20:27:15 -0400
  • carine tanagila
    signed 2019-09-15 17:50:28 -0400
  • John Lehman
    signed 2019-09-13 22:18:42 -0400
  • Ilona Sturm
    signed 2019-09-13 11:34:52 -0400
  • Chris V
    signed 2019-09-12 21:19:45 -0400
  • Shelley Byrne
    signed 2019-09-12 16:56:55 -0400
  • lisbeth west
    @lisbethwest tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-12 10:15:16 -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=8174
  • Lisbeth West
    signed 2019-09-12 10:15:00 -0400
  • Sally Esquivel
    signed 2019-09-12 03:40:30 -0400
  • Bob Meola
    signed 2019-09-12 01:32:34 -0400
  • Ariyana Love
    signed 2019-09-11 10:35:31 -0400
    Ariyana Love
  • Andre Erbe
    signed 2019-09-09 14:45:58 -0400
    free julian assange
  • t. jacobs
    signed 2019-09-09 11:34:09 -0400
  • Liane Franck
    signed 2019-09-09 07:07:43 -0400
    Liane Franck
  • Fritz Letsch
    signed 2019-09-08 07:11:49 -0400
  • Bruno Brunelli
    @Bruno_Brunelli tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-07 15:44:22 -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=865399
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