U.S. Extradition: Dozens gather outside UK court to support Assange
Dozens of people on Wednesday gathered outside the High Court in central London in support of Julian Assange.
The small group, who had speakers and signs reading ‘free Julian Assange’ had been there ahead of a two-day legal challenge by the U.S. against a decision not to grant extradition.
Sadia Kokni, 40, from Merton, south-west London, told the PA news agency, “It’s so greatly important to be here. It’s not just important for journalists it’s important for everyone globally. It’s because of the atrocities he has exposed. He’s a justice and truth seeker who stands up for everyone, we’re here to make sure justice happens.’’
James Andrew, 57, from Haywards Heath in East Sussex, added, “This is an abuse of human rights and the legal justice. This can’t set a precedent that America can choose to punish somebody who is telling a truth that embarrasses them.”
Mr Assange, 50, is wanted in the U.S. on allegations of a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
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