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Lawyers for Julian Assange have moved to force the Trump administration to reveal the charges against them and compel Ecuador, the nation that has granted him asylum, to prevent extradition to the United states.
According to a press release on Wednesday, the lawyers filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to direct the Trump Administration to unseal the charges it has secretly filed against Assange.
Statement - Commission - Ecuador - Espionage - Activities
The statement explains that they are additionally asking the Commission to compel Ecuador to “cease its espionage activities against Mr. Assange, to stop the isolation imposed on him and to protect him from U.S. extradition.”
“The urgent request is in the form of a comprehensive 1,172-page application for ‘precautionary measures’ directed to the international body which monitors compliance of the U.S. and Ecuador with their binding legal obligations. The calls to extradite Mr. Assange to the United States, as the result of his work as a publisher and editor, is the reason Mr. Assange obtained political asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in London in August 2012,” the press release says.
Coordinator - Assange - Team - Baltasar - Garzón
The international coordinator of Assange’s legal team, Baltasar Garzón, explained that the situation “gravely undermines the legal safeguards that must be guaranteed by the state protecting Mr. Assange from the Trump administration’s political persecution.” He is requesting that the IACHR urgently intervene in favor of Assange and is calling for “international solidarity for this case in which the right to access and impart information freely is in jeopardy.”
The US has refused to reveal what the sealed charges against Assange are, despite the fact that proof that he has been charged was recently made public in a filing error for another case. Sources from the Department of Justice have also confirmed the existence of charges to the Associated Press and New York...
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