The continued imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has broken Britain’s file on press freedom, the web site’s editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson mentioned on Friday.
In January, a London choose refused to grant a US request for Assange’s extradition, but additionally refused him bail till a US enchantment in opposition to that verdict is heard.
“The fact that Julian is still in prison seriously undermines the United Kingdom’s ability to proclaim that they are defenders of the freedom of the press all over the world,” Hrafnsson informed reporters.
Assange, a 49-year-old Australian, is needed in Washington to face 18 fees referring to the 2010 launch by WikiLeaks of 500,000 secret recordsdata detailing points of army campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The US claims he helped intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal the paperwork earlier than exposing confidential sources all over the world.
He faces a attainable 175-year sentence if convicted, however Assange and his attorneys have lengthy argued the case in opposition to him was politically motivated below former president Donald Trump.
Assange’s supporters plan to spotlight his continued incarceration with vigils on Sunday, to mark two years since he was taken to London’s Belmarsh jail, and on Monday for World Press Freedom Day.
Jennifer Robinson, a member of Assange’s authorized crew, mentioned circumstances in Belmarsh had been “very difficult” and he stays “very isolated” after years of restrictions on his liberty.
“We are very concerned about his continued detention and consider it to be disproportionate,” she added.
Both Robinson and Hrafnsson referred to as on President Joe Biden’s US administration to drop the costs, and for the Australian authorities to do extra on Assange’s behalf.
The Australian has been held on the high-security jail since he was convicted in 2019 for skipping bail, following his forcible removing from Ecuador’s embassy in London the place he had sheltered for seven years.
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