Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is in a precarious situation. His legal defense team has been repeatedly rebuffed in its efforts to secure his release from prison in Britain where he suffers from abysmal conditions and to prevent his extradition to the United States. In America, Assange is set to face prosecution for helping expose the secret and disturbing reality of US government actions, including involving war.
Any day now, Assange may find himself being flown to America where he could suffer imprisonment in harsh conditions for the remainder of his life. It is crunch time for trying to secure freedom for this heroic exposer of government wrongdoing.
Given this situation, an effort being undertaken by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) is of utmost importance. McGovern and Massie, who is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute, are circulating in the US House of Representatives a letter expressing opposition to prosecuting Assange. The letter to President Joe Biden requests that Biden drop both the US government’s requested extradition and its ongoing prosecution efforts in regard to Assange.
Back in March, I wrote about a similar letter to Biden that was circulating among only Democratic House members. That letter signed by seven Democratic House members was sent to US Attorney General Merrick Garland on April 11.
Read more about McGovern and Massie’s effort to obtain additional cosigners of their letter among their fellow House members in a Tuesday The Intercept article by Prem Thakker here. Read the letter here.
Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.