In light of the threatening extradition of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to the United States, on espionage charges, Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has reiterated today his offer to grant asylum to the cyber-activist and called for no conspiratorial action to be taken against him. At the Press-Conference this morning at the National Palace, the President was asked about the Assange’s case after the British judiciary made it possible for his extradition in April last year.
“We are for his release because he is a politically persecuted person. It is a shame that a person who makes public valuable information, in which corruption cases, governmental crimes and everything which the elite secretly does, suddenly comes to light due to their investigations and the person who publishes this information, is punished because he allegedly violated confidential affairs,” emphasised the President. Above all, he stressed, the core of the complaint should be to show – based on the information revealed by Assange – what he called “extremely serious interference” in government affairs and of all kinds (by the United States).
“The journalist is convicted, he should be given his freedom, and – if he wishes – he, his family, his lawyers and friends could be given asylum in our country. That is our position and if there is a cooperation, it depends on them. I hope that all the elements will be taken into consideration and that they will not act conspiratorially in any way, rather that justice prevails” said López Obrador.
He recalled that he himself and his movement “were harassed during the electoral fraud (of 2006) and in these reports (from WikiLeaks) all the information shows up, but it is not only in our case and we don’t know if in the world they don’t continue to do it.” •
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