Top media outlets call on the US to stop prosecuting Julian Assange
Top media outlets call on the US to stop prosecuting Julian Assange

Washington: Major media organizations in the US and Europe that worked with the WikiLeaks founder said on Monday that the US should drop the prosecution of Julian Assange because of concerns about press freedom.

The editors and publishers of The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El Pas wrote an open letter stating that "the indictment sets a dangerous precedent and undermines America's First Amendment and freedom of the press." threatens to do."

Assange is wanted by US authorities on 18 counts, one of which is an allegation of espionage, in connection with WikiLeaks' publication of private US military records and diplomatic cables.

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His supporters claim he is a victimized anti-establishment hero who exposed American wrongdoings, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Monday, it will be twelve years since those media outlets joined forces to publish snippets from the more than 250,000 documents Assange obtained as part of the infamous "Cablegate" leak.

The information, which exposed the inner workings of US diplomacy around the world, was leaked to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning, a US soldier at the time.

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According to the letter, the documents "exposed corruption, diplomatic scandals and international espionage cases." A group of journalists and lawyers filed a lawsuit in August against the CIA and its former director Mike Pompeo, claiming the spy agency watched them while they were visiting Assange while they were living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. went to meet

Assange lived in the embassy for seven years before being hauled up and jailed in 2019 for breaching his bail conditions. While his extradition case is being resolved, he is imprisoned in London. If extradited to the US, he could face up to 175 years in a maximum security prison.

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In a protracted legal dispute that has lasted more than ten years, his legal team has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition. In their letter on Monday, the media outlets said that "publishing is not a crime."

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