Over 10,000 of us have sent this message
to the Ecuadorean Embassy in D.C. So have allied groups. Please
add your voice. And share this with friends.
Dear The McGlynn,
WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange is asking Ecuador for asylum, while Sweden seeks to extradite him from
Ecuador to grant Assange’s request.
Sweden, in an apparently
unprecedented move, is seeking to extradite and imprison someone without
charging him with a crime — after having refused opportunities to fully
question him in England.
We don’t know the facts behind the sexual
assault accusations against Assange and can take no position on them. We take
sexual assault seriously. But the WikiLeaks leader is seeking protection from
the United States, not Sweden.
Sweden has a record of bowing to U.S.
pressure, including the handing over of two men to the CIA in 2006 —
leading the U.N. to find Sweden complicit in torture.
States reportedly has a sealed indictment prepared for Assange, charging him
with crimes against ‘national security.’
The United States has a record
of, and an open formal policy of, incarceration without proper trial, solitary
confinement and other abusive treatment, and the death penalty. Assange has the
international human right to be protected from such a nation and to request
Assange, neither charged with nor convicted of any
crime, is acting out of fear of our nation’s abuses of the rule of law. It is
the same fear that has led some of his WikiLeaks colleagues to quit doing the
work that has so benefitted the people of our country and the
Ecuador to grant asylum to the WikiLeaks founder.
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Democracy: What Has WikiLeaks Ever
Guardian: Julian Assange Seeking Asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy
Watch: Sweden Violated Torture Ban
in CIA Rendition
Rolling Stone: WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails: A Secret Indictment
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