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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Mona Seredin
Theodore Wuerslin
Kelly O'Brien
Lester Mills
Roland Stephenson
Lance Crookes
Melody Heart
John Feliciano
Phillipa Bowers
Tracie Pratte
Carole Cooper
Shoshana Alexander
Elizabeth Cuprak
Angus Lavery
Martin Campbell
Liz Myers-Chamberlin
Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman
Kim Andre Ski
Kevin Cahalan
Maureen Cruise
Shoshanah Dubiner Dubiner
Sharon Mikulich
Sharon Harrington
Martin Campbell
Sylvia Evans Barnard
Sophia Adampour
Elena Wood
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  • Mona Seredin
    @Peacedove272 tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-22 18:34:45 -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=44494
  • Mona Seredin
    signed 2020-02-22 18:34:36 -0500
  • Theodore Wuerslin
    signed 2020-02-22 17:41:47 -0500
  • Kelly O'Brien
    signed 2020-02-22 16:53:44 -0500
  • Lester Mills
    signed 2020-02-22 16:44:45 -0500
  • Roland Stephenson
    signed 2020-02-22 16:38:21 -0500
    FREE JULIAN ASSANGE, and CHELSEA MANNING!! Fight the Good Fight, for Humanity’s sake!!
  • Lance Crookes
    signed 2020-02-22 16:23:06 -0500
    Lance Crookes
  • Melody Heart
    signed 2020-02-22 16:13:28 -0500
  • John Feliciano
    signed via 2020-02-22 15:59:40 -0500
    John Feliciano
  • Phillipa Bowers
    signed 2020-02-22 15:59:30 -0500
  • Tracie Pratte
    signed 2020-02-22 15:46:25 -0500
    will there ever come a day that the criminally responsible parties will be prosecuted as the ones who expose truth will be? We live in an upside down society, is there a hero in the bunch that will stick their own neck out to save one whom did the right thing? Where are the heros of the time of truth inside our own country, the country of the supposed free, or the one who helps the underdog, or the one who we all know brings the truth of those in high places? Do the right thing and free the man!!
  • Carole Cooper
    signed 2020-02-22 15:43:06 -0500
  • Shoshana Alexander
    signed 2020-02-22 15:31:02 -0500
  • Elizabeth Cuprak
    signed 2020-02-22 15:22:22 -0500
  • Angus Lavery
    signed 2020-02-22 15:21:34 -0500
  • Martin Campbell
    signed 2020-02-22 15:11:05 -0500
  • Liz Myers-Chamberlin
    signed 2020-02-22 14:37:25 -0500
    I respect the principles of freedom of expression and the defense of journalism, and respect Assange’s human rights. Please ensure his safe passage him to Australia!
  • Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman
    signed 2020-02-22 14:35:15 -0500
    When Julian Assange was dragged out of the embassy, Teresa May stated that “this shows that no-one is above the law.” If that were true, the US soldiers in the Apache helicopter who gunned down so many innocent people (as shown in the Collateral Murder video) as well as all those responsible for the lies that lead to the Iraq War and to so many others, including George W. Bush and Tony Blair would be in jail for war crimes. Extraditing Julian Assange so that the US government can punish him for sharing their dirty secrets and the dirty secrets of others is unconscionable. FREE JULIAN ASSANGE and FREE CHELSEA MANNING!
  • Kim Andre Ski
    signed 2020-02-22 14:31:59 -0500
    A country who’s supposedly built on freedom.. this shouldn’t Even be a problem. #freeassange
  • Kevin Cahalan
    signed 2020-02-22 14:08:00 -0500
  • Maureen Cruise
    signed 2020-02-22 13:58:43 -0500
  • Shoshanah Dubiner Dubiner
    signed 2020-02-22 13:55:47 -0500
  • Sharon Mikulich
    signed 2020-02-22 13:52:55 -0500
  • Sharon Harrington
    signed 2020-02-22 13:46:55 -0500
    Patrice Faulkner
  • Martin Campbell
    signed 2020-02-22 13:39:22 -0500
  • Sylvia Evans Barnard
    signed 2020-02-22 13:06:02 -0500
    Sylvia Barnard
  • Sophia Adampour
    signed 2020-02-22 13:00:41 -0500
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  • Elena Wood
    signed 2020-02-22 13:00:19 -0500
    Julian Assange is a hero for exposing the crimes he has. Doing so is not a crime and he should be granted safe asylum in a country that actually believes in the freedom of speech.
  • Melvyn Firmager
    signed 2020-02-22 12:43:07 -0500
  • sally davies
    signed 2020-02-22 12:39:48 -0500
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