A political decision has been reached that upholds the threat to democratic rights represented by the prosecution’s case, leaves Assange in danger of continued persecution, and demands the intensification of the campaign to secure his freedom.
The Trump administration is seeking to extradite Julian Assange, an award-winning Australian journalist, to face charges of espionage that carry a life sentence and possible death penalty. His only “crime” is the publication of document exposing the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of US imperialism and its allies.
Since being arrested and dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April, Assange has been confined to the maximum-security Belmarsh prison. The persecution of Assange is intended to terrorise all journalists and whistleblowers. For nine years, the US, British and Australian governments, with the shameless support of the media and the establishment political parties and trade unions, have presided over a relentless campaign of persecution against the journalist. This has involved fabricated allegations of sexual assault and personal slander, conspiracy and spying, and attempts to silence and isolate all those who defend him.
We urge all defenders of democratic rights and opponents of imperialist war to get involved and join the fight to free Julian Assange!
“Every journalist should be concerned about what was said today in court. Because the political arguments provided by the United States were upheld by the British judicial system”
Assange’s closest associates hailed the court’s decision as a victory but warned that the fight to secure his freedom was far from over.
Building the necessary campaign in the working class requires a political reckoning with the forces that have worked to isolate Assange—the media and civil rights organisations of the petty-bourgeois “liberal” fraternity, the pseudo-left and the trade union and Labour bureaucracy.
Melzer’s statement was issued amid a major coronavirus outbreak in Belmarsh Prison, that threatens the WikiLeaks publisher’s life, and in the lead-up to a ruling on his extradition to the United States.