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Mexico offers asylum to Julian Assange

  • Published at 06:05 pm January 4th, 2021
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019 Reuters

'Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance, I am in favour of pardoning him,' says Mexican president

Mexico’s government is ready to offer political asylum to Julian Assange and supports the decision of a British judge to deny extradition of the WikiLeaks founder to the US, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday.

“I’m going to ask the Foreign Minister ... to ask the government of the United Kingdom about the possibility of letting Assange be freed and for Mexico to offer political asylum,” Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference.

“Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance, I am in favour of pardoning him,” he said. “We will give him protection.”

The extradition request from the US, where Assange could face charges including breaking a spying law, was denied on the basis that Assange’s mental health problems put him at risk of suicide, a British court ruled.

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Lopez Obrador, who called the decision a “triumph of justice,” a year ago urged Britain to release Assange, calling his detention “torture” and saying WikiLeaks documents had showed the world’s “authoritarian” workings.

Assange, 49, has spent most of the last decade either in prison or self-imposed confinement, following his release of thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables that caused embarrassment to many governments around the world.

Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office in December 2018, has long railed against ruling elites, and rhetorically has sought to break with establishment politics and economics.

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