Just two months after the shocking revelation of a CIA plot to extrajudicially kidnap and assassinate Julian Assange, the Biden Administration has won an appeal to extradite him from the UK. An extradition that was previously denied because of the barbarity of the US prison system and the effect it would have on his failing health, having just suffered a stroke in prison.
Whistleblowers, journalists, the press, and independent media must be protected to ensure the power of the Fourth Estate and our First Amendment freedoms. The People’s Party demands that the United States, United Kingdom, and all governments and government agencies, absolve and pardon Julian Assange immediately.
Freedom of the press is crucial to government accountability. Assange and Wikileaks have exposed the crimes and corruption of governments around the world, allowing their people to hold them accountable. They have exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the rigging of an American presidential election in 2016 by the Democratic National Committee, and countless other offenses by the powerful against the people. Assange’s persecution has been condemned by the United Nations, Amnesty International, and human rights organizations globally.
Democrats and the corporate media spent four years railing against Trump’s attacks on press freedoms. Now Biden intends to kidnap, torture and disappear the man who exposed this government’s war crimes and criminalize global journalism in the process. We demand Assange’s immediate release and if the corporate parties won’t do it the People’s Party will pardon him on Day One when we take the presidency.
Assange’s outrageous charges include at least 17 counts filed by the United States Justice Department under the Espionage Act, as well as charges of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The Espionage Act charges alone could carry a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison. Just this month Biden called press freedom the, “bedrock of democracy. It’s how the public stays informed and how governments are held accountable. And around the world, press freedom is under threat.” The President is correct. Press freedoms are under threat. They are under threat first and foremost from his administration.
A democracy is only as strong as the people’s right to demand accountability, expose corruption, and challenge their government. In a metastasizing surveillance state that is being driven increasingly towards censorship, authoritarianism, and the repression of anti-establishment ideas, our freedom and future hinge on protecting Julian Assange, who has paid the steepest price to inform and empower us all.