Freedom of the press In Washington’s eyes, the founder of WikiLeaks is guilty of exposing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. London has decided to extradite him to the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison.Published on
Monday, June 20, 2022 Pierre Barbancey
The decision fell on Friday. Stiff as a ledge, sharp as a guillotine blade. History will remember the name of this British Interior Minister who signed the decree for the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States as one of the gravediggers of freedom of the press and freedom of expression. Priti Patel did not bother with many considerations.
“In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unfair or an abuse of process to extradite Mr. Assange ,” said the Home Office spokesperson, attempting to hide behind legal quibbles to better hide the political choice that has been made. He thus assured that the extradition of our colleague was not “incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression” , stressing that, in the United States, the Australian would be “treated appropriately, including with regard to his health” .
Julian Assange is claimed by American justice, which wants to judge him for the dissemination, from 2010, of more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, in particular in Iraq and Afghanistan. These classified documents, which….