Lopez Obrador says he pleaded for Assange in letter to Biden | Julian Assange News

Mexico’s president says nation renewed earlier provide of asylum for Wikileaks founder, wished in US on a number of expenses.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has stated he gave a letter to his US counterpart Joe Biden in defence of Julian Assange after the UK accredited the Wikileaks founder’s extradition to the US.

In response to a reporter’s query throughout a information convention on Monday, Lopez Obrador stated Mexico has renewed a earlier provide of asylum to Assange.

“I left a letter to the president about Assange, explaining that he didn’t commit any critical crime, didn’t trigger anybody’s demise, didn’t violate any human rights, and that he exercised his freedom, and that arresting him would imply a everlasting affront to freedom of expression,” Lopez Obrador stated.

“I additionally stated that Mexico is providing safety and asylum to Julian Assange,” he stated, including that he has not but heard again from Biden.

The event comes after the UK final month accredited Assange’s extradition to the US to face legal expenses associated to WikiLeaks’ launch of confidential US navy information and diplomatic cables.

UK Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel’s workplace stated British courts had concluded the extradition wouldn’t be incompatible with Assange’s human rights, and that he could be handled appropriately.

Assange supporters protest in opposition to his extradition from the UK to the US [File: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]

On July 1, Assange appealed his extradition to the US on the Excessive Court docket in London.

The 51-year-old, who was born in Australia, is needed by US authorities on 18 counts, together with a spying cost, referring to WikiLeaks’ launch of huge troves of confidential US navy information and diplomatic cables that Washington stated had put lives at risk.

The Australian authorities has been below mounting strain to intervene, however final month Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected calls for him to publicly demand that Washington drop its prosecution of Assange.

Final week, Lopez Obrador met with Biden in Washington, DC, throughout which the Mexican president stated he introduced up Assange’s case.

Lopez Obrador, also known as AMLO, lately stated the Statue of Liberty must be dismantled and returned to France if Assange is imprisoned within the US.

Assange’s supporters, in the meantime, say the Wikileaks founder is an anti-establishment hero who has been victimised as a result of he uncovered US wrongdoing in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. They argue that his prosecution is a politically motivated assault on journalism and free speech.

“The struggle to avoid wasting Assange can also be the struggle to avoid wasting press freedom and our First Modification rights,” DC Motion for Assange and the Assange Protection Committee, US-based teams, stated in a letter thanking Lopez Obrador for his assist final week.

“We agree with you that the prosecution of Mr Assange for publishing is a profound menace to journalism world wide. We admire your constant vocal assist for these necessary rules, core tenets of a functioning democracy,” they stated.

Assange’s authorized troubles started in 2010 when Sweden sought his extradition from Britain over allegations of intercourse crimes. When he misplaced that case in 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the place he spent seven years.

When he was eliminated in April 2019, he was jailed for breaching British bail circumstances though the Swedish case in opposition to him had been dropped. He has been preventing extradition to the US since June 2019 and stays in jail.