On Monday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he delivered a letter to President Biden last week where he pleaded for the US not to prosecute Julian Assange and renewed an offer to grant asylum to the WikiLeaks founder.
Lopez Obrador said he explained in the letter that Assange “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.”
The Mexican leader said that he previously offered asylum to Assange in a letter to President Trump at the end of his term and again at the beginning of the Biden administration. Last month, Lopez Obrador called Assange “the best journalist of our time.”
Assange faces up to 175 years in prison for exposing US war crimes by publishing documents he received from whistleblower and former Army soldier Chelsea Manning. Lopez Obrador said earlier this month that if Assange is sentenced to life in prison, there should be a campaign to dismantle the statue of liberty.
“If they bring him to the US and sentence to the ultimate penalty, to death in prison, then we will have to initiate a campaign for dismantling the Statue of Liberty, presented by the French, because it will no longer be a symbol of liberty,” he said.
While Lopez Obrador is outspoken in his support for Assange, who is an Australian citizen, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is not. Albanese has rejected calls for him to demand that Washington drop its extradition request.
Assange is currently being held in London’s Belmarsh Prison. British Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of Assange to the US, and the WikiLeaks founder’s legal team lodged an appeal to her ruling on July 1.
Assange is indicted on 17 counts of espionage and one count of conspiracy to commit a computer crime for his role in obtaining and publishing the leaks provided by Manning. But Assange used standard journalistic practices to obtain the information, something many human rights groups, journalist organizations, and UN officials have pointed out.
15 thoughts on “Mexican President Renews Offer to Grant Asylum to Julian Assange in Letter to Biden”
Wasted letter. The Neolibs want to make an example out of Assange for daring to expose their dear warmongering queen of all times. What’s that? You think I’m wrong? Easy… They can prove me wrong by releasing him right now. That would prove me wrong 100% and for the first time, I would be most happy to be 100% wrong.
Me too. His fate is “the new rules based order” in the flesh.
Jesus Christ Super Star II
Yes wasted, but still a good thing. Just like him boycotting the meeting of the kiss asses.
Obrador may be sincere but he’s also playing to his base. Most Americans don’t realize the hostility of the global south to America’s two faced machinations. You can keep a junta in power with money and weapons, but politicians need votes, and if opposing the US keeps them in office then that’s what they’ll do.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been traded to the US for Joe Biden and 535 of our top prospects. Well, suspects in this case. They said we had to keep Harris or no deal.
So, basically, truth and exposing peoples dirty underwear is a crime?…
They should take Obrador up on his offer and let Assange go. It is the only way for the US, ‘the great defender of justice and liberty’, to save some face…
Our hypocrisy reeks to high heaven and the rest of the world is getting a very bad taste in their mouths… It is hard not to as the odor of injustice is repugnant and once it is released into the air, it is impossible to contain it…
I just got a snapshot of the Statue of Liberty and she’s flipping the US ‘the bird’!
The US has no face saving escape from reality. It is a terrorist totalitarian military empire that has been slaughtering innocent civilians for 90% of its history. Regime change is its boomerang karma.
And karma is a bitch!
Mexican president should secretly send their special military unit to London, bust Assange out of prison and bring him back to Mexico… If they can do that, then they would be named as hero MexiCAN versus MexiCANT…!
Obrador is a much better president than Biden. If Obrador could keep Mexicans in his country and transform Mexico into an industrial nation and keep the US from meddling in other nations’ affairs, he’d perform miracles.
Assange did nothing wrong and should not be in prison. What he revealed should make the war criminals get prosecuted. Freedom of the Press is just an illusion.
Most likely, this is just what Obrador is trying to do, as described by pinkprince500
I’m really starting to like this guy…
Viva Obrador! Y viva Mexico!
Senor Obrador, eres un heroe!
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