Rep. Massie to Bring Julian Assange’s Brother to Biden’s State of the Union

The Kentucky congressman has been calling for President Biden to drop the charges against Assange

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) will bring Gabriel Shipton, the brother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to President Biden’s State of the Union address this Thursday night.

“President Biden will be looking at Julian Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, in the House gallery Thursday night as Biden delivers the State of the Union,” Massie wrote on X.

Bringing Shipton as his guest is part of Massie’s strategy to pressure Biden to drop the charges against Assange, who is facing up to 175 years in prison if extradited and convicted in the US for exposing US war crimes by publishing documents obtained by a source, a standard journalistic practice.

“The US government’s ongoing effort to prosecute Julian Assange threatens the First Amendment rights of Americans and should be opposed,” Massie told The Courier Journal.

“During his term in office, I asked President Trump to pardon Mr. Assange, and I was disappointed by his failure to do so. President Biden should stop seeking Assange’s extradition and should instead drop the criminal charges currently being pursued by the Department of Justice,” he added.

Assange, an Australian citizen, has been held in London’s Belmarsh Prison since the Trump administration indicted him under the Espionage Act in 2019. Last month, Assange’s legal team presented its case for an appeal to the UK home secretary’s decision to extradite Assange to the US, and a decision on whether or not he can appeal is expected to happen soon.

The defense team introduced new evidence, including a bombshell report from Yahoo News that revealed the CIA, under Mike Pompeo at the time, considered kidnapping and even discussed assassinating Assange over WikiLeaks publishing detailed the CIA’s hacking tools, known as Vault 7.

WikiLeaks and Assange supporters are asking Americans to put pressure on Congress to oppose the extradition. Americans can call their House representatives to support H.Res.934, a bill introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) that calls for the US to drop the charges against Assange.

 Click here to find your representative, or call the House switchboard operator at (202) 224-3121. Tell them to support the resolution to protect the First Amendment and press freedom.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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