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Don’t shoot the messenger!
We are all Julian Assange!
The U.S. Justice department asked the UK for permission
to extradite Julian Assange to the U.S., for trial under the
Act, for having revealed secret documents which
U.S. war crimes (maximum sentence of 175 years
in prison). On December 10th 2021, the High Court granted
that permission. Julian's lawyers appealed to the UK
Supreme Court but on March 14th, 2022, it rejected the
appeal and on June 17 the UK Home Secretary signed
the extradition papers. Julian's legal team will file one last
appeal by August 28; around mid October the UK High Court
will decide whether this final appeal merits consideration.
NOTE: The people who committed the war crimes, many of
whom officials and politicians, are not facing prosecution
and prison. Indeed,
their wrong-doing is not even being
investigated. Only the messenger faces penal prosecution.
What can we do here in Italy
to support Julian Assange?
1. Learn about the events we
have held so far to support Julian.
On October 26th 2021, in the Press Room of the
lower house of the Italian Parliament, eight U.S., UK
and Italian personalities discussed the Assange case
and, in particular, how granting the extradition
request would risk making the U.S. and the UK
systems resemble the infamous Inquisition.
the RAI - TV anchor and investigative journalist Riccardo
Iacona, click here.
To see the video of the entire event, click here.
Now you can see, alternatively, JUST the contributions
in English, presented individually (so you can take your
in piazza di Monte Citorio (outside Parliament),
activists asked MPs to approve a motion that is
currently stalled in a parliamentary commission
and that grants Julian Assange political asylum
in Italy. See the photos by clicking below or here.
September 28, 2021, was the International Day
for Universal Access to Information (or Right to
Know Day) – #AccessToInfoDay, #RightToKnow.
That day in Rome, activists consigned a letter to
the President of the European Commission,
Ursula von der Leyen, asking her to put pressure
on the UK (and on the U.S.) to free Julian
Assange, to reject (or withdraw) the request for
his extradition, and to stop persecuting him.
Otherwise the EU should consider sanctioning the
U.S. and the UK, as it does other countries that
persecute journalists, violating their human rights.
Read the letter to Ursula von der Leyen!
You can sign the letter to von der Leyen, too!
Add your name to this petition: click here
2. In addition, we can:
(a.) Write a Letter to the editor of a newspaper of
your choice, asking for Julian to be set free. Here is
an example of what you could say in your own words
in a letter to a media outlet: click here.
(b.) Join the U.S.-based Assange Defense Committee
(co-chairs: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Daniel
Ellsberg); they will offer other suggestins for a letter
and, in addition, indicate media to contact: see here.
(c.) Sign the petition asking Biden to drop the charges.
(d.) Make comments in support of Julian on social
media, joining up with these groups on the web to
(e.) Here are even more initiatives you can take:
3. Read this article:
PeaceLink using the talking points mentioned in
point 2. a. above:
IN ENGLISH: The debacle in Afghanistan shows that
IN ITALIANO: La debacle in Afghanistan mostra che avrem-
For those of you who know Italian:
JULIAN ASSANGE: PROCESSO AL
GIORNALISMO", RAI3 PresaDiretta con
Riccardo Iacona, lunedì 30 agosto 21.20:
"Se viene imprigionato chi rivela
documenti segreti, scottanti per il
potere, addio al nostro diritto
all’informazione." (RaiPlay qui)
read the book behind it:
di Stefania Maurizi, giornalista (Repubblica).
Dalla prefazione di Ken Loach: "Questo è un
libro che dovrebbe farvi arrabbiare moltissimo. È la
storia di un giornalista imprigionato e trattato con
insostenibile crudeltà per aver rivelato i crimini di
guerra in Afghanistan e Iraq – quelli di cui
vediamo le consequenze oggi."
Rachel Maddow (MSNB) and the conservative
And here is one of the second best explanations of
the Assange case, a short audio commentary by the
Australian journalist Caitlin Johnstone, read by Tim Foley: