Assange can be extradited to the US. The unjustly accused hacker-journalist faces 200 years in prison and ends up in Guantanamo

Arturo Di Corinto

It happened. The news we never wanted to give is that the London High Court overturned the decision against the extradition of Julian Assange. The Court did so because according to the judges the US government would offer sufficient guarantees that Assange will receive adequate treatment in its prison and therefore the co-founder of Wikileaks can be extradited.

But apart from the London judges, who actively collaborated with Sweden to frame the Australian journalist on the basis of accusations also disavowed by the plaintiffs, nobody believes it.

Julian’s girlfriend, Stella Moris, has made it known that Assange’s lawyers will file an appeal as soon as possible against the decision at the High Court in London to overturn the first instance sentence that in January had denied his extradition to the US for fear that committed suicide. So the case now goes to the Westminster court which is in charge of deciding on the extradition requests. And it is singular that it happens precisely on the day the world celebrates the anniversary of December 10, 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The United States has in fact constantly ignored Assange’s human and civil rights who, forced to take refuge for 7 years in the 20 square meters of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, was spied daily by his police before being “sold” to the Trump administration by the controversial Peruvian president Lenin Moreno when, newly elected, decided to withdraw his diplomatic protection by having him arrested by the British police inside the embassy in April 2019.

The truth is that Assange is a bit uncomfortable for everyone, and the revenge of those who conspired to keep the public opinion in the dark about the war crimes committed by the US military and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan destabilizing the entire region for a decade with effects that we still all pay in terms of political and social insecurity at our borders and even in our cities.

However, it is the isolation of the journalist, hacker, whistleblower, that is at the basis of the choice of judges and the strength of the extradition request.

This was demonstrated by the myopia of the debate in our Chamber of Deputies on the motion presented by the parliamentarian Pino Cabras to grant him the status of political refugee. A mixed debate of ignorance, inertia, disinformation and cowardice manifested by a dazed left, but also by those forces, the Five Stars Movement, who had made it a sixth star for its incessant denunciation of bad governance and corruption from the pages of Wikileaks, the pro-transparency website founded by him and through which he had published documents containing the registers of the aggression wars in Afghanistan and Iraq plus the diplomatic communications of 2010, eventually soliciting them from some informants. like all journalists do.

Isolated but not alone. Julian Assange remains a fragile and powerful symbol for all sensitive and informed people, for pacifists, for human rights advocagtes, for patriots who do not have to agree with their government, for all those who aspire to the truth.

For this reason, as Article 21 Association, we decided to donate our membership card to him by delivering it into the hands of journalist Stefania Maurizi who has followed and reconstructed its history in thirteen long years of investigation based on the factual elements of his human, public and procedural story.

We did it because Assange is a hero of our times who unites us with a constant search for truth and justice and for this reason his destiny will continue to interest us all, on a par with the journalists of The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, El Pais, L’Espresso and La Repubblica, who worked with him to disclose that evidence sharing the responsibilities. And we hope that they will be with us to fight the battle for transparency and freedom of information by making him free, waiting for our other colleagues to wake up from the torpor of disinterest and understand that each of us can end up like Assange, in jail for have exercised the right and duty to inform the public.

Teacher, journalist, hacktivist. Privacy advocate, copyright critic, free software fan, cybersecurity curious.