UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — “It’s a hero, not a criminal”, journalists and human rights activists who worked with the launch site WikiLeaks alerts were quick to react to the news of the arrest of Julian Assange who can lead to his extradition to the United States where he could be sentenced to death.
The decision of the Ecuadorian government to deliver Assange to the British police is a “blatant violation of his Ecuadorian citizenship and asylum rights”, considers in his commentary to Sputnik the British human rights activist Peter Tatchell who cooperated with the WikiLeaks site.
He believes that Ecuador has failed to protect its citizens.
The prognosis he delivers is not optimistic:
“The arrest of Assange will put him at risk of extradition to the United States, where, most likely, he will face charges that would lead to his imprisonment for 30 years or more. A secret grand jury was summoned to prepare an indictment against Assange and the main officials of Trump said that to pursue Assange was a priority.”
To emphasize that indeed, Julian Assange did not leak any information.
“He leaked Chelsea Manning, as did The Guardian and the New York Times […] and evidence of America’s war crimes. He’s a hero, not a criminal,” he insists.
Human rights activist believes the UK government should refuse to do what the Trump government demands. He should now give public guarantees that Assange will not be handed over to US authorities.
“His extradition to the United States is not in the public interest,” he says.
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Although this scenario was long overdue, this turn of events was to be avoided, says Sputnik Israel Shamir, a journalist who worked with WikiLeaks. He considers this news “sudden, staggering, sad, bitter and tragic”.
He thinks that behind the decision of London hides the will of Washington.
As for Ecuador’s position, Shamir explains that this country is “governed by a very” unsuccessful “President, who dragged in the court even the former President of Ecuador Correa, who had allowed [Assange, note of finding asylum in the embassy”.
And to draw attention to the situation of the whistleblower Edward Snowden who obtained temporary asylum in Russia.
“In general, it reminds the world once again that asylum can only be obtained in Moscow. There are also disadvantages in Moscow which at one point seemed perhaps more tedious. After all, we never hear Snowden, we do not see him, he has practically disappeared since.”
The founder of the site WikiLeaks Alerts launcher , Julian Assange, was arrested this Thursday, April 11 by the British police at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. It was delivered in the day at the Westminster Magistrates Court.
If he is extradited to the United States, Julian Assange could be sentenced to death for the publication of secret documents, say some experts. However, according to the United States Department of Justice, he is only up to five years in prison.
The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, said that London has guaranteed him that he will not be extradited to the United States where he may be exposed to torture or even be sentenced to death.
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