On June 17, 2022, the United Kingdom approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. There he will stand trial for espionage after the release of US government documents revealing the US military had committed war crimes against civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the murder of two Reuters journalists. If convicted, Assange faces a prison term of up to 175 years.
From the Uruguay Chapter of the Network of Artists, Intellectuals and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity (REDH-Uy), as part of the Uruguayan Anti-Imperialist Committee of Solidarity with Cuba and the Peoples of the World (integrated by the Single Central of Workers PIT- CNT, Federation of University Students FEEUU, Federation of Cooperatives for Mutual Aid FUCVAM, among other social organizations in the country), we are deeply concerned about the impact of Assa’s detention
We understand that the case will also set a dangerous precedent so that governments can persecute journalists anywhere in the world for publishing information of public interest.
The CIA’s attempt to kidnap or kill Assange while he was a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK has also been public, casting doubt on the US’s plans for Assange if he is to be extradited.
The sentence of Chelsea Manning, Assange’s collaborator in publishing the controversial materials, was commuted by former President Barack Obama. None of the WikiLeaks-associated media outlets have been charged in any US government prosecution for their collaboration with Assange.
It is for the foregoing that from the Uruguayan Chapter of the REDH we join the international requests of organizations such as Amnesty International, the International Federation of Journalists, the President of Colombia Gustavo Petro, as well as various human rights organizations and social organizations in the world and calls on social organizations around the world and in particular the United States government to drop all charges against Julian Assange