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The case Julian Assange: Thirteen years of harassment

This computer scientist and cybermilitant from Australia presents today all the signs of a psychological torture, according to a rapporteur specialized in human rights of the UN, after thirteen long years of relentlessness on the part of the United States , from Sweden or the United Kingdom. After receiving the support of many of his colleagues at the WikiLeaks Foundation today, according to Juan Branco, a member of his legal team, “the fate of a journalist detained for nearly seven years in twenty square meters, with no access in the open air and in the sun, subjected to months of complete isolation, in conditions of life close to torture, all for having done his job, do not move them. Assange may appear weakened, his face eaten away by solitude, he is no longer theirs. ”

After founding WikiLeaks in December 2006, and divulging several classified information, the first snap occurred on April 5th, 2010, when he published on WikiLeaks a seventeen-minute video showing the killing of civilians, journalists and children by the US Army in Iraq, entitled “Collateral Murder”. On July 25th of the same year, the site will publish more than 90,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan. Finally, in October-November, the site puts online some 400,000 official notes on the war in Iraq, and 250,000 American diplomatic cables. These disclosures led to the arrest of US analyst Chelsea Manning, sentenced in 2013 to thirty-five years in prison for spying. The latter has also refused to testify against WikiLeaks.

After the accusation and the European arrest warrant issued by Sweden against Julian Assange for rape and sexual assault on November 18, 2010, the latter surrendered to the British police on December 7th, who arrested him and released him on bail. He then finds refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador on June 19th, 2012, which is then led by Rafael Correa.

WikiLeaks continues its investigations and publications, and on July 22, 2016, the site publishes e-mails revealing manipulations of the Democratic Party to favor Hillary Clinton, after the United Nations declared arbitrary the detention of Julian Assange.

That is why on April 21st, 2017, the US Attorney General, Jefferson, makes the arrest of Julian Assange a priority for the United States. On April 11th, 2019, Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador since 2017 and closer to the United States than his predecessor, revoked his political asylum allowing the British police to stop him in the embassy, ​​and the United States of America. to request his extradition for hacking, and now has seventeen new charges against Julian Assange. In early May, he was sentenced by the British courts to fifty weeks in prison for violating his conditions of provisional release. Most worrying is that the charges brought by the United States could result in a death sentence, denial of journalistic status.

Since his arrest, he has been detained in a high security prison after spending seven years at the Embassy of Ecuador. On 31st of May 2019, the UN rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, said that Julian Assange presented “all the symptoms of psychological torture to which he has been exposed for several years”. In particular, he suffers massive collective persecution, having lost all support from his fellow journalists since his arrest. (***)

Juan Branco, member of the legal team of Julian Assange, has issued since several press releases, establishing the relentlessness of which this one has been victim since the foundation of WikiLeaks. According to him, the one who “made public some of the most important misdeeds of the twenty-first century is so lonely when solidarity is required”, which is unacceptable, knowing that in thirteen years, his only wrong was to constitute ” the largest library of power devices in history, “a feat to which none of its competitors can claim”. Especially since during all these years, he has never “published any false information”.

The situation of Julian Assange runs counter to all human rights guarantees, and it is unfortunate that his colleagues, supposed to reveal the truth about the attacks of this kind have recently walled in silence at the moment he would have needed it most.

 

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Thursday 11th of April. Declaration of Dick Marty, former rapporteur on secret CIA prisons for the Council of Europe : https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/10359555–je-suis-choque-assange-n-a-fait-que-dire-la-verite-clame-dick-marty.html

The 1st of June, 2019. Statement by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: https://blogs.mediapart.fr/celine-wagner/blog/010619/royaume-uni-etats-unis-suede-complices-dans-la-torture-contre-julian-assange

The 26th of May, 2019. Support Committee statement to Assange WikiJustice : https://www.legrandsoir.info/wikijustice-julian-assange-declaration.html

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