Lopez Obrador says he pleaded for Assange in letter to Biden

by | Jul 18, 2022 | World

Mexico’s president says country renewed previous offer of asylum for Wikileaks founder, wanted in US on several charges.Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he gave a letter to his US counterpart Joe Biden in defence of Julian Assange after the United Kingdom approved the Wikileaks founder’s extradition to the United States.
In response to a reporter’s question during a news conference on Monday, Lopez Obrador said Mexico has renewed a previous offer of asylum to Assange.
“I left a letter to the president about Assange, explaining that he did not commit any serious crime, did not cause anyone’s death, did not violate any human rights, and that he exercised his freedom, and that arresting him would mean a permanent affront to freedom of expression,” Lopez Obrador said.
“I also said that Mexico is offering protection and asylum to Julian Assange,” he said, adding that he has not yet heard back from Biden.
The development comes after the UK last month approved Assange’s extradition to the US to face criminal charges related to WikiLeaks’ release of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s office said British courts had concluded the extradition would not be incompatible with Assange’s human rights, and that he would be treated appropriately.
Assange supporters protest against his extradition from the UK to the US [File: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]
On July 1, Assange appealed his extradition to the US at the High Court in London.
The 51-year-old, who was born in Australia, is wanted by US authorities on 18 coun …

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