Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned Monday he had interceded with US President Joe Biden on behalf of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, insisting that he had dedicated no severe crime.
Lopez Obrador renewed a proposal of asylum for Assange, who’s combating extradition by Britain to the USA, the place he may face a long time in jail for allegedly violating the US Espionage Act.
Mexico’s leftist chief delivered a letter to Biden when he visited Washington final week “explaining that Assange didn’t commit any severe crime,” he advised reporters.
“He didn’t trigger the loss of life of anybody, didn’t violate any human proper and exercised his freedom,” Lopez Obrador mentioned.
Imprisoning the 51-year-old Australian writer would quantity to an “affront to freedom of expression,” he mentioned, including that he had but to obtain a response from Biden.
Assange may resist 175 years in jail if discovered responsible of violating the US Espionage Act by publishing army and diplomatic recordsdata in 2010 associated to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
The British authorities final month authorized his extradition to the USA, prompting an attraction.
Supporters painting Assange as a martyr to press freedom after he was taken into British custody and put in a high-security jail having spent seven years at Ecuador’s embassy in London.
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