Free Assange!

Submitted by AWL on 6 October, 2020 - 10:47 Author: Rhodri Evans
Julian Assange

The judge in the court case over the US government’s attempt to extradite Julian Assange to the USA for trial on his WikiLeaks work has said she will deliver a verdict on 4 January after hearing evidence for the last month.

That is unlikely to be the end of it, because either Assange or the US government will probably appeal.

The labour movement should demand that Assange is released and not extradited. His health is suffering in jail, where he has been held since April 2019.

Assange has done much to discredit himself with the left: his evasion of rape charges brought by two Swedish women, his links with Putin, his links with the antisemite ideologist Israel Shamir. Right-wing or left-wing, though, he should not face the risk of long jail terms for publicly leaking US government communications.

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump said: “I love Wikileaks”, because it helped him in that contest. But under a Trump or even a Biden presidency, Assange would probably face an effective sentence of death in jail if extradited.

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