The extradition of Julian Assange to the US threatens “the future of journalism”, according to his wife


According to attorney Stella Assange, her husband faces up to 175 years in prison on current charges because she says he “has thoroughly exposed war crimes committed by the US military, including the murder of civilians”.

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Attorney Stella Assangewife of Julian Assange, has warned in Brussels that “the future of journalism is at stake” if the WikiLeaks founder extradited to the United States, where he is charged with espionage and computer burglary.

“There is a before and after, if this continues it will be the dismantling of our democratic rights. It is a journey towards a total collapse of democracy, the rule of law and freedom of the press,” Stella Assange warned at a press conference on the occasion of the International Documentary Film Festival Millennium in Brussels.

“It is a journey to a total collapse of democracy, the rule of law and freedom of the press”

In this competition, the documentary is projected ‘Ithaka’ (2021), directed by Ben Lawrencewhich shows the experiences of Assange’s family, especially his wife and father, as they campaign to avoid the Australian’s extradition.

Stella Assange has stated that with this film they want audiences to have “exact knowledge” of the situation the WikiLeaks founder is in “from a different perspective than the one they’ve been offered”.

Assange is has been held in a maximum security UK prison since 2019awaiting extradition to the United States where he faces 17 counts of espionage and computer burglary for making public confidential documents about the Guantánamo naval base or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraqamong other things.

According to Stella Assange, her husband is facing current charges 175 years in prison in the United States for, in his opinion, “thoroughly revealing war crimes, including the murder of civilians” committed by the United States military.

“He is silenced, his voice is muffled in prison”

“He is silenced, his voice is muffled in prison, because he is probably one of the best-known public intellectuals associated with criticism of the war industry,” said his wife Stella.

“The US created a new pattern under which you can chase any journalist anywhere in the world. A country could now say: ‘I don’t like what you post about us, I don’t care if you are Belgian in Belgium, the Belgian freedom laws don’t apply to you and I’m going to extradite you’.” he said .

In November 2022the media that supported the WikiLeaks platform in releasing confidential documents, including The New York Times, the world, The country, The mirror And Guardianby letter to the United States government to stop the trial of Assange, which they believe poses a threat to press freedom.

human rights organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch They have demanded the drop of all charges against Assange in the United States, although his wife lamented at the press conference that Amnesty had not classified the WikiLeaks founder as a “prisoner of conscience”.

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Source: EITB


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