It has just been announced that Home Secretary Priti Patel has signed the extradition order allowing Julian Assange to be extradited to America. He will face 18 charges of aiding and abetting Chelsea Manning. If convicted he could face life imprisonment in a maximum security prison.
In their statement Priti Patel’s office said:
“UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange. Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that whilst in the US he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.”
Supporters of Julian Assange are in a state of shock and a sense of rage at the obvious injustice. Coming just days after British warmonger-in-chief Tony Blair received a knighthood, the decision to extradite Julian shows that British justice is far from impartial. In this case it is, in effect, an arm of the American military who wanted to keep their dirty secrets, secret.
In a statement, Wikileaks said:
“A dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy The decision will be appealed.”
That appeal will go to the British High Court, which has not shown itself to be a friend of justice thus far. The petition to free Assange has now reached 700,00 signatures worldwide. You can sign here.
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Socialist of many years. Former Labour member. Currently presenter of The Socialist Hour.