Reactions to Assange’s extradition: Resentment of politicians and associations

After years in prison, the UK government wants to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to US justice. Politicians and associations are upset.

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Left-wing politician Gregor Gyzy has been highly critical of the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Gezi wrote on Twitter that British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision in the Assange case was “a mockery of justice and democracy”. The founder of WikiLeaks had done his journalistic duties and was enlightened. “I can only hope that the European Court of Human Rights will embark on a correction,” she said.

Julian Assange holding hands in front of his face: The founder of the disclosure platform has been fighting for more than ten years against the possibility of extradition to the United States.

Julian Assange holding hands in front of his face: The founder of the disclosure platform has been fighting for more than ten years against the possibility of extradition to the United States.Photo: cornerstone

Britain had previously agreed to extradite the founder of WikiLeaks to the United States after years of backsliding. Conservative Home Secretary Patel signed a similar order, her department announced Friday in London.

The founder of the disclosure platform has been fighting against a possible relocation to the United States for more than ten years. The 50-year-old has been imprisoned in London since 2019. WikiLeaks has announced that he will be returning to court.

Wagenknecht sees Schulze and Bierbock responsible

Gysi gets approval from her colleague Sahra Wagenknecht. “Bad day for democracy, press freedom and human rights,” wrote the former leader of the Left Party parliamentary group in the Bundestag. Wagenknecht sees the federal government as bound in this case.

Where is the protest of Barbock or Schultz? This ignorance, by which one overlooks the fate of Assange and the war crimes committed by the United States, shouts to heaven,” Wagenknecht wrote on Twitter. The criticism also came from MEP Martin Zuniborn.

The federal government indicated that Assange has not yet exhausted legal procedures. Deputy government spokeswoman Christian Hoffmann said the federal government had repeatedly emphasized that freedom of speech and freedom of the press were a “big win”. In extradition proceedings, it is fundamentally incompatible with matters of state protection of national secrets and interests. This must be weighed against each other. Hoffman did not want to evaluate the British decision in detail.

Journalists Syndicate: Assange was “handed with a knife”

The newly founded writers’ association, Ben Berlin, which has made Assange an honorary member, called on the government to move forward: “We urgently request the federal government to work towards his immediate release and political asylum,” a statement said. statement. According to the association, Foreign Minister Annalina Barbuk campaigned for this as a member of the opposition last year.

German journalists’ unions also resented the decision in London. On Friday, British Home Secretary Priti Patel had handed Assange “to the knife which has seriously damaged the freedom of the press,” the federal director of the German Press Association, Monique Hoffmann, said on Friday. This is a serious defeat for democracy and a disgrace to the rule of law.”

“WikiLeaks has exposed and made public the war crimes committed by the USA in Afghanistan and Iraq, for which the victims, survivors and the general public needed clarity,” said Frank Oberal, president of the German Federation of Journalists. He called on US law enforcement authorities to drop the charges against Assange. Reporters Without Borders spoke of a “devastating sign of press freedom”.

((t-online, dpa, AFP))

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