Stella Morris also called on human rights activists worldwide to redouble their efforts to secure the release of the WikiLeaks founder.
The fiancée of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on US President Donald Trump to pardon him. Stella Morris on Monday addressed supporters of the Australian and journalists gathered outside London’s Old Bailey Central Criminal Court.
“I appeal to the President of the United States to put an immediate end to all this. Mr. President, tear down the prison walls, don’t deprive two little boys of their father, let Julian, the press, and all of us be free,” Morris said, calling on human rights activists around the world to redouble their efforts to secure Assange’s release.
According to the woman, Judge Vanessa Baraitser that Assange can not be extradited to the United States because, in this case, he will almost certainly commit suicide is the “first step to victory” for supporters of WikiLeaks and its founder. At the same time, she noted that “extreme concern” is caused by the US authorities’ attempt to challenge the decision of the British court and achieve a life sentence for the Australian.
“We will never accept that journalism in this or any other country can be considered a crime,” Morris said, accusing US intelligence agencies of planning an assassination attempt on Assange, conducting surveillance of his lawyers, members of his entourage, and even a younger child.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson also said that he was satisfied with the court’s decision, but added that the defense side would be added to Assange’s immediate release. “Today’s decision can be called a victory. But I still urge you not to celebrate too much, since Julian is still not at large. We will continue to fight until he is released,” Hrafnsson said.
On Wednesday, January 6, the court will consider the request of Assange’s lawyers, who remain in prison, for his release on bail. Within the next two weeks, representatives of the US prosecutor’s office intend to appeal to the court’s decision, continuing to seek the suspect’s extradition.