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Amnesty International

"Amnesty International believes that Julian Assange should not be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, where there are concerns that he would face a real risk of serious human rights violations due to his work with Wikileaks.

  • Violation of his right to freedom of expression;
  • Violation of his right to liberty, arising from any pre-trial detention and/or prison sentence that was imposed on the basis of a prosecution that violated his freedom of expression;
  • Violation of his right to life, if the death penalty were to be available in any proceedings that he might face in the USA;
  • Being held in conditions that violate his rights to humane treatment and respect for his dignity, and potentially his right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. [...]

Amnesty International believes that Julian Assange should not be extradited to the USA because of the risks detailed above. Accordingly, the UK should recognise Julian Assange’s need for international protection vis-a-vis the USA.

September 2018"

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch: UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to US

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

"it’s clear that any criminal charges against Mr. Assange in connection with Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional. Indeed, even the prolonged criminal investigation of Wikileaks itself has had a profound chilling effect. The Justice Department should end that investigation" - Anthony Romero, ACLU Executive Director

"Any prosecution of WikiLeaks for publishing government secrets would set a dangerous precedent that the Trump administration would surely use to target other news organizations." - Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

Selected Statements of Support

“What started off as a putative prosecution of Assange has turned into a persecution.” - James Goodall, legal counsel to the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers.

“I think the prosecution of him would be a very, very bad precedent for publishers... from everything I know, [Assange] is sort of in a classic publisher’s position and I think the law would have a very hard time drawing a distinction between The New York Times and WikiLeaks... if someone is in the business of publishing information, I think that whatever privilege happens to apply – whatever extension of the law that would apply – should be there. Because the question isn’t whether he’s a journalist. It’s in that instance was he committing an act of journalism.” - David McCraw, current deputy general counsel for The New York Times (link)

“It is essential that Julian Assange not be indicted, be convicted, or be extradited to the United States” - Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower

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