Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire calls for justice for Assange & other good news for Assange’s potential extradition
July 23, 2012
Mairead Maguire released this statement:
As concerned citizens of the World know, the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is currently inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, having gone there to ask for Political Asylum.
I would add my voices to that of many people of conscience, around the world, in urging President Correa to grant political asylum to Julian Assange. The British courts shamefully refused Mr. Assanges’ appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning accused of sexual molestation (no criminal charges have been made against him). Mr. Assange has said he is willing to answer questions relating to accusations against him, but to do so in UK.
He has good reason not to want to be extradited to Sweden, as he could find himself imprisoned in solitary confinement, and then very likely extradited to an American Prison. American Media has reported that the US Justice Department and the Pentagon conducted a Criminal investigation into ‘whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group’s release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act.
Mr. Assange’s only crime is that he cared enough about people to respect their right to truth, had the courage and bravery to print the truth and in the process embarrassed powerful Governments.
The Wikileaks release of thousands of US State Department Cables, and of the video footage from an Apache helicopter of a 2007 incident in which the US military appears to have deliberately killed Civilians, including two Reuters Employees, revealed USA’s crimes against Humanity.
For this ‘truth telling’ he is inherited the wrath of the US Government, and has been targeted in a most vindictive way, (as has Pt.Bradley Manning). (I support WikiLeaks’ right to publish leaked information, as it is in the interest of the public and their right to know. Wikileaks were not the leakers or whistle-blowers but an on-line news media).
Many believe there are those in high places, who not only wish to punish Assange for outing them, but as a warning to others to remain silent, and who will not rest until Assange is behind bars in USA and there are even some American politicians who have put Assange’s life in grave danger by calling for him to be assassinated.
It is ironic that Assange’s basic Human rights have been breached, when he as a journalist worked for peoples right to freedom of speech, and a free press. The Australian, Swedish and UK Governments have a responsibility to see this ‘man of courage’ be treated fairly and with justice and be allowed to tell his story in the UK when he can prove whether the incompetent and contradictory accusations against him are true or false.
We, as world citizens, need to support Julian Assange who tried to protect the innocent by outing the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and it is they who should, one day, be made accountable for their crimes. It must also be remembered if Assange ends up in an American prison for a long time, in grave danger to his life, and maybe even the death penalty, we all have to ask the question ‘Who next?’ and ‘where goes freedom, human rights and justice?’.
Meanwhile, today (July 23) in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa gave a public statement, reassuring the public that the country is still reviewing Assange’s extradition. The tone was extremely supportive of Assange and seems like it could be signalling at potential good news for Assange.
“Let’s check whatever is necessary to evaluate, as to make a decision absolutely united and sovereign, according to humanist principles that prevail in our Revolution and our Constitution”, Correa said.
In the weekly report of “Link Citizen”, radio-TV broadcasted, the president addressed the issue after greeting a group of citizens who held signs with a picture of the founder of Wikileaks and a sign that read “political asylum”.
Correa has expressed several times his solidarity with Assange, “who has qualified as a fighter for freedom of expression without boundaries.”
The president further pointed out that his country “rejects the death penalty, so that it could not risk the life a person who has applied for political asylum, especially for political reasons.”
And just a few days ago, I saw this inthe Guardian about media “coverage” of Correa and Ecuador in the wake of public sympathy for Assange and Wikileaks. It certainly seems like support for Assange is growing, and maybe soon, President Correa will feel like he has the political cover necessary to go forward with the extradition.
Posted on Friday, 10 August
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