Mexico’s Anti-Lockdown President Offers Assange Asylum

“Assange is a journalist...We’ll give him protection.”

Previously gave asylum to Morales after he was toppled in a US-back coup

After a U.K. judge ruled Sunday that Julian Assange can’t be extradited to the U.S., one country stepped forward to say they may be willing to take him in: Mexico. On Monday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he’d be in favor of granting the WikiLeaks founder political asylum. “Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance, I am in favor of pardoning him,” he said, according to Reuters. “We’ll give him protection.”

Assange was facing prosecution under the U.S.’s Espionage Act for publishing covert documents and videos through WikiLeaks, most notably the 2010 “Collateral Murder” video, which showed U.S. troops killing Iraqi civilians, as well as the emails of Democratic Party officials leading up to the 2016 election. In their ruling, the U.K. court said Assange should not be extradited because of his risk of suicide.

López Obrador has granted asylum to political enemies of the United States in the past, most notably former Bolivian President Evo Morales following a 2019 U.S.-backed coup. President-elect Joe Biden previously called Assange a “high-tech terrorist” in 2010, according to The New York Times.

Source: The Daily Beast


Reuters:

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

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yuri
yuri
3 months ago

viva Mexico
no pasaran gringos!

GMC
GMC
3 months ago

Unfortunately, the DEA would call up the Sinola Cartel and ask for a favor. Not too many places left to hide, if you are a CIA/Pentagon wanted man.

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
3 months ago

The problem is when this dude suffers a USofT-back coup… Better to go to Russia and JOIN FORCES with SNOWDEN.

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