As Julian Assange’s defence submitted its final arguments to Home Secretary Priti Patel on May 17th, within two weeks she will make a decision whether or not to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.
A protest was held in front of the Home Office in London where Assange’s partner Stella Assange addressed the crowd:
“Give the message loud and clear to Priti Patel and the Home Office and the entire British Government, that they should do the right thing, they should block this extradition. It is a political case and it has a political solution. And that is to end this now. “
UK MP Richard Burgon was in front of the Home Office to show support.
“The idea that people could tolerate an award-winning journalist being extradited to the United States to spend more than his whole life in a sentence behind bars is an absolute travesty. We all need to speak up for freedom of speech. This would be a political extradition and political extraditions should not be taking place.”
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hransson also made a statement to Priti Patel:
“Julian is a political prisoner and now Priti Patel has the life of Julian Assange in her hand. She can end this. Priti Patel might take this case to Boris Johnson, a former journalist himself. This is a reputation issue.”
Watch Kristinn Hrafnsson’s interview with Consortium News here.