“I will ask Biden not to incriminate a journalist, simply because he told the truth”, emphasizes Gustavo Petro
Colombian President Gustavo Petro today expressed his support for the campaign to free the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangewho is being held in London and accused by the US of espionage.
In his post on Twitter, the Colombian president underlines that he “supports the global fight to free the journalist Julian Assange”, publishing a photo of his meeting yesterday with two representatives of WikiLeaks.
“I will ask President Biden, along with other presidents of Latin American countries, not to incriminate a journalist simply for telling the truth”emphasized the first left-wing president in the history of Colombia.
Colombia has traditionally been the United States’ biggest ally in Latin America.
Icelandic journalist Kristin Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeakswas among representatives of the website founded by Julian Assange who met the Colombian president in Bogota.
“Petro fully understands the seriousness of Assange’s situation and the danger to freedom of expression,” Hrafnson told reporters after meeting the Colombian president.
Last July, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered “protection and asylum” to Julian Assange, who is being prosecuted in the US for the 2010 release of more than 700,000 classified documents relating to US military activities.
The 51-year-old Australian faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted in the US of espionage. The British government has already approved the US request for his extradition, but Assange has appealed.
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