Expert Statements On Assange Case

Stop the political persecution of Julian Assange

The UK must not extradite a journalist to face charges of Espionage for publishing. The US must drop its charges against Assange.

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Dunja Mijatović

Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

“Julian Assange’s potential extradition has human rights implications that reach far beyond his individual case. The indictment raises important questions about the protection of those that publish classified information in the public interest, including those that expose human rights violations.”
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Nils Melzer

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

“The case is a huge scandal and represents the failure of Western rule of law. If Julian Assange is convicted, it will be a death sentence for freedom of the press.”

“In the US, Assange is accused of a political offence (espionage) & faces detention practices amounting to Torture/CIDTP. This means:

  1. He cannot be lawfully extradited
  2. His detention has no legal basis
  3. He must be promptly released

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Tor Ekeland

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act lawyer

“The Assange prosecution looks more like an attack on core political speech protected by the First Amendment than a proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”

“Assange and WikiLeaks are publishers just like The New York Times. And if it was legal for The New York Times to publish the classified Pentagon Papers detailing the US’ lies when it came to Vietnam, it’s legal for WikiLeaks to do the same.”

Scott Ludlam

Former Senator for Western Australia

Read Scott Ludlam’s e-mail to Senator Payne, the Australian Foreign Minister. in which he presents 4 open letters from MPs, legal professionals, human rights advocates and journalists.

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Amnesty International
USA must drop charges against Julian Assange

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Reporters Without Borders
Assange’s extradition to the US would “threaten the work of all journalists

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International Bar Association
IBAHRI condemns UK treatment of Julian Assange in US extradition trial

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PEN International
United Kingdom: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States

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Human Rights Watch
The Assange prosecution threatens modern journalism

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ARTICLE 19
ARTICLE 19 calls for US Justice Department to drop charges against Assange

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The National Union of Journalists
Assange extradition “a devastating blow for media freedom”

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American Civil Liberties Union
For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher…

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OSCE Media Freedom Representative
OSCE Media Freedom Representative calls on UK authorities not to extradite WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to the US

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Any government use of the Espionage Act to criminalize the receipt and publication of classified information poses a dire threat to journalists

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Freedom of the Press Foundation
The Trump admin’s new charges against Julian Assange are a fundamental threat to press freedom in the 21st century

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Free Press
In Assange Indictment, the Trump Administration Uses the Espionage Act to Subvert the First Amendment

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The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
Charging WikiLeaks founder Assange under the Espionage Act is a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism

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IADL
IADL urges the Human Rights Council to call upon the UK to ensure Mr. Assange’s immediate freedom of movement

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The Committee to Protect Journalists
Assange indictment marks alarming new stage in US war on leaks

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Doctors for Assange initiative– 200+ Signatories
End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange

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Assange-helfen.de
More than 100 German celebrities form politics, science, culture and the media signed an appeal “Release Julian Assange from custody”

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The National Union of Journalists
National Union of Journalists issues resolution on Assange extradition case

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Courage Foundation
40+ Rights Groups Call on UK to Free Julian Assange

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Leading academics, legal experts, investigative journalists, press freedom organizations, human rights groups, and politicians oppose the extradition of Julian Assange.

Noam Chomsky

Academic, activist 

“Julian Assange shouldn’t be the subject of a grand jury hearing, he should be given a medal. He’s contributing to democracy.”

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

“Years from now people will say: Oh, if only I had known what we were losing when they abused this decent and courageous man!
I would have done something! But now, what can I do, since these days I don’t dare express what I know and think! Regret is too often the fruit of silence.”

Jeremy Corbyn

FMR Leader of the Labour Party

“The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government.
What happened to free speech?”

Micòl Savia

Permanent Representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers to the UnitedNations in Geneva

“Attempts to prosecute Julian Assange on account of his publishing activities set a dangerous precedent against the freedom of the press throughout the world”

Glenn Greenwald

American attorney, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

“The Indictment of Julian Assange under the Espionage Act is a threat to the press and the American People”

Christophe Peschoux

Secretary of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

“It is time that Mr. Assange, who has already paid a high price for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of opinion, expression and information, and to promote the right to truth in the public interest, recovers his freedom”

Mairead Maguire

Nobel Peace Prize winner

“Julian Assange and his colleagues in Wikileaks have shown on numerous occasions that they are one of the last outlets of true democracy and their work for our freedom and speech”

Mary Kostakidis

Australian  Journalist

“Stop the political persecution of a journalist, editor & publisher. We need Wikileaks – a free independent press protecting whistleblowers, an invaluable public archive & its courageous founder.”

Jeremy Scahil

Investigative journalist

“The arrest of Julian Assange represents an extremely dangerous crossing of the rubicon. This is an assault on journalism and a free press. All journalists should stand in fierce opposition.” Source

Dr Suelette Dreyfus

Researcher. Writer. Civil Society Engineer

“The US wants to extradite him for ‘crimes of journalism’ – in other words, doing his job as a publisher and journalist in reporting accurate facts. They may be uncomfortable facts, but they have been proven to be accurate reportage – all of them – because he has also reported the supporting source documents.” Source

Edward Snowden

Whistleblower, President at Freedom of the Press Foundation

“The Department of Justice just declared war––not on Wikileaks, but on journalism itself. This is no longer about Julian Assange: This case will decide the future of media.” Source

Ben Wizner

Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

“Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. ” Source

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Advisor in digital Democracy

“Assange must NEVER be extradited to the USA. It’s a serious threat to him personally and freedoms we usually honor, such as press freedom, freedom of expression and FOI.”

Trevor Timm

Executive Director for Freedom of the Press Foundation

“The Trump administration’s indictment of Julian Assange threatens core press freedom rights”

Daniel Ellsberg

Whistleblower, Former United States military analyst

“The declaration of war came today. This is a historic day, and a very challenging one for American democracy.” Source
“The Beginning of the End for Press Freedom.” Source

Maria Fernanda Espinosa

President of the General Assembly of the United Nations

María Fernanda Espinosa hopes that Assange’s rights will be protected Source

Clive Stafford Smith

Human rights lawyer, founder of Reprive

“US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media” Source

Barton Gellman

Journalist, Author

“Assange is charged with asking for information, with receiving information, and with publishing information. And I don’t mind saying that those are exactly the things that I do.” Source

Alan Rusbridger

Journalist

“The new indictment against Assange falls into three parts – each of them attempting to criminalise things journalists regularly do as they receive and publish true information given to them by sources or whistleblowers. Assange is accused of trying to persuade a source to disclose yet more secret information. ” Source

Thomas Drake

Former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency, Whistleblower

“US press routinely publishes ‘secret’ leaks. 1st time in US history gov’t indicts publisher for espionage. Pretext normalized w/ Obama Admin Espionage Act cases going after sources w/ press implicated in all. Sends Orwellian msg to ANY media as Trump sets fire to 1st Amendment.”

Agnes Callamard

Director, Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University; UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions

“Assange must NEVER be extradited to the USA. It’s a serious threat to him personally and freedoms we usually honor, such as press freedom, freedom of expression and FOI.”

Dinah PoKempner

General Counsel of Human Rights Watch

“US: Assange’s Possible Extradition Threatens Journalism” Source

Oliver Stone

Film director, screenwriter, film producer, author

“Julian Assange is a publisher for truth. He’s done great work on behalf of mankind despite his inhumane treatment. This case is crucial to the survival of our right to know and our essential freedom against USA and UK oppression — and now tyranny!”

Srećko Horvat

Philosopher, co-founder of DiEM25

“10 years ago today WikiLeaks published the Collateral Murder video showing the indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians by US soldiers during the illegal war on Iraq. This is why Julian Assange is in prison, while the real criminals are still free.”