Mexico Offers Whistleblower Julian Assange Political Asylum
Mexico offers whistleblower Julian Assange political asylum. “Assange is a journalist, and he deserves a chance,” said the Mexican president, who advocates pardoning Assange.
“We will give him protection.”
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador supports the London judge’s decision not to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States over the risk that Assange could take his own life.
The US Department of Justice is “extremely disappointed” with the verdict and has announced that it will appeal. This is expected to happen officially on Wednesday. Assange’s lawyers will then request that he be released on bail.
The US authorities want to prosecute the founder of the whistleblower site for publishing confidential documents that, according to the US, have endangered lives. The WikiLeaks founder has been trying to stay out of the hands of American justice for years.
He spent 7 years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He had to leave there in 2019. after which the British police arrested and locked him up.
Assange risks a 175-year prison sentence if he is extradited, according to American media. According to the judge in London, the US has insufficiently demonstrated that it can prevent “finding a way to commit suicide”.
Supporters of Assange hope that President Donald Trump will pardon Assange.