May 28, 2024

Global Lawmakers Urge US Attorney General Merrick Garland to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange

Politicians around the world have joined forces to call on US Attorney General Merrick Garland to drop the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange is facing a 175 year sentence for publishing truthful information in the public interest, and has been in detention for more than 1400 days.

In an open letter cosigned by US policymakers, 97 Mexican lawmakers, 48 Australian federal parliamentarians, and almost 100 Brazilian parliamentarians, lawmakers argued that Assange’s prosecution undermines the United States’ moral standing on the world stage, setting a dangerous precedent for journalists and publishers globally.

Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib led the letter, joined by fellow US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, Greg Casar, Ilhan Omar, and Cori Bush. The letter argues that Assange’s prosecution for journalistic activities harms America’s credibility as a defender of values, enabling authoritarian governments to reject evidence-based criticisms of their human rights records.

Richard Burgon MP organized the UK letter, highlighting that any extradition of Assange would put press freedom on trial, with dangerous consequences for journalists and publishers worldwide. Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Clark in the Australian Federal Parliament, echoed the sentiment, calling for the charges to be dropped.

The letters come on the four-year anniversary of Assange’s imprisonment in the UK’s high-security prison. As calls for Assange’s release continue to grow, policymakers worldwide hope that the US government will take action to protect press freedom and drop the charges against the WikiLeaks founder.

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