August 18, 2022

Julian Assange’s father and brother stated Friday they had been relying on European lawmakers to cease Britain from extraditing the WikiLeaks founder to the USA, and welcomed a promise of citizenship by French leftist politician Jean-Luc Melenchon.

“I feel there’s an important probability of stopping this extradition. We have now nice help among the many European nations,” stated Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s brother, at a press briefing exterior the British consulate in New York Metropolis.

The Assange case has grow to be a trigger celebre for media freedom and his supporters accuse Washington of making an attempt to muzzle reporting of respectable safety considerations.

He’s wished to face trial for violating the US Espionage Act by publishing navy and diplomatic information in 2010 and will resist 175 years in jail if discovered responsible, though the precise sentence is tough to estimate.

On Friday the British authorities authorised his extradition to the United Sates, to the dismay of his supporters and free press campaigners. He has 14 days to attraction.

Shipton welcomed the help from parliamentary teams throughout Europe, and cited feedback by Melenchon made in Paris on Friday.

Julian Assange’s father John Shipton (R) and brother Gabriel Shipton at a press convention exterior the British consulate in New York Metropolis on June 17, 2022 Photograph: AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

“If I’m prime minister on Monday, Mr Julian Assange — I imagine he has already requested for it — will probably be naturalized as French and we are going to ask for him to be despatched to us,” Melenchon advised reporters forward of parliamentary elections this weekend.

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“So there may be nice help in Europe and I feel (the) European Court docket of Human Rights will rise up for the ideas on this case, which is press freedom,” Shipton stated.

The costs, he stated, are “an enlargement of the Espionage Act to assault the First Modification (of the US Structure) to restrict the liberty of the press.”

His father John Shipton, additionally on the press briefing, added that “each single parliament in Europe” in addition to nations in South America, in addition to Mexico, has lawmakers who help Assange.

Assange has been held on remand at a top-security jail in southeast London since 2019 for leaping bail in a earlier case accusing him of sexual assault in Sweden.

Earlier than that he spent seven years at Ecuador’s embassy in London to keep away from being eliminated to Sweden.

He was arrested when the federal government modified in Quito and his diplomatic safety was eliminated.