© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, makes a speech on the balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London. February 5, 2016, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador stated that he sought a pardon from the former U.S. president Donald Trump for Julian Assange. He also reiterated his offer to asylum for Wikileaks founder.
Last month, the Australian-born Assange moved closer to facing criminal charges https://www.reuters.com/world/us/united-states-wins-appeal-over-extradition-wikileaks-founder-assange-2021-12-10 in the United States for one of the biggest leaks of classified information after Washington won an appeal over his extradition in an English court.
U.S. authorities charge Assange with 18 counts in relation to WikiLeaks’ release of U.S. diplomatic cables and military records, which they claim put lives in peril.
Lopez Obrador reiterated the asylum offer he had made for Assange a year ago https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wikileaks-assange-mexico-idUSKBN2991RW, and said that before Trump was replaced as U.S. president by Joe Biden last January, he had written him a letter recommending that Assange be pardoned.
Lopez Obrador stated that Mexico didn’t receive any reply to his letter.
Lopez Obrador stated that it would show solidarity and fraternity for Assange to be granted asylum in any country he chooses, Mexico included.
Lopez Obrador explained that Assange wouldn’t be allowed to interfere in other countries’ affairs and would not constitute any kind of threat if granted asylum in Mexico.
There are still many obstacles to overcome before Assange can be brought to America. After a long and difficult journey that saw him go from a teenage hacker living in Melbourne, to a years-long stay in London at the Ecuadorean Embassy. He was then sent to incarceration in solitary confinement in solitary.
Assange’s 50-year old supporters see him as an anti-establishment hero, who was persecuted in the United States because he exposed wrongdoings and double-dealing by America across the globe from Afghanistan to Washington.
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