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Mexican newspaper denounces criminalization of the case of Assange

México, La Jornada, Assange, EEUU
Mexico City, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The United States criminalizes those who unmask criminals and sets the stage for impunity for officials who commit crimes under the protection of power, La Jornada denounced regarding the case of Julian Assange.

The newspaper published an editorial regarding the judicial decision of the United Kingdom to extradite the creator of WikiLeaks due to pressure from the United States and questioned the position, saying it means that Washington and London consider any journalistic exercise that shows abuses and violations from power to be espionage.

Their express will, La Jornada said, is to put the entire State apparatus at the service of the persecution and silencing those who publish official secrets.

The newspaper recalled that the British judge Paul Goldspring ordered that Assange’s extradition case be transferred to the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, in what is one more step for his delivery to the United States, where Assange is facing a sentence of up to 175 years in prison on charges of espionage.

A protest was held outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London to demand Assange’s release.

One of the participants was the former leader of the opposition Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, one of the few voices that has had the ethical integrity to take a stand on what is probably the most important process for freedom of expression and the press on a global scale.

In March, the UK High Court refused leave to appeal requested by the Assange’s lawyers. The resources available for his defense are to present allegations to Patel, try to appeal the request if it is unfavorable, and appeal to other legal aspects. However, the behavior of the British authorities throughout the process leaves little hope for a positive outcome.


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