24 May 2018 — RootsAction
Over the years, WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents revealing misdeeds of corporate and political elites, including war crimes and foreign policy abuses committed by the U.S. government. As a result of its publishing activities, WikiLeaks was threatened and harassed by Washington; some political and media figures called for the murder of its founding editor.
In 2012, the government of Ecuador stood up bravely for freedom of press by granting asylum to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. For nearly six years, he has resided in Ecuador’s embassy in London, England. But the Trump administration has turned up the heat on WikiLeaks; they want to see him in a U.S. prison.
Last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it was his “priority” to try Assange, a publisher, for espionage. Then-CIA director Mike Pompeo, now the U.S. Secretary of State, declared WikiLeaks to be a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” One need not support every decision of WikiLeaks to stand up for its freedom to publish without fear of prosecution by Team Trump.
Unfortunately, there is now evidence that Ecuador may be succumbing to pressure and may consider surrendering Mr. Assange.
Please let Ecuador’s leaders know that you support their courageous stand in protecting press freedom, as well as their right to grant political asylum and resist United States/United Kingdom intimidation.
Here is the letter that you’re invited to sign:
President Lenin Moreno
CC: Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa
In 2012, the government of Ecuador bravely stood up for freedom of the press and against threats from the United States and United Kingdom by granting political asylum to WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. In response to his publishing activities that revealed U.S. war crimes and imperial misconduct, Assange was threatened with prosecution in the United State for espionage, while some U.S. political leaders called for his assassination. With an even more aggressively militaristic regime in power in Washington D.C. today, we encourage you to stand firm and not renege on Mr. Assange’s political asylum status.
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