The founder of the famous WikiLeaks website is currently held in the British Belmarsh Prison awaiting the results of his US extradition case. The authorities have refused to set him free even in light of the risk of contracting COVID-19 and despite pressure from the public.
An Australian member of parliament from the Liberal National Party, George Christensen, has called on US President Donald Trump to pardon his fellow countryman, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, before leaving office.
Christensen, who has already launched a petition to convince POTUS to pardon the whistleblower, claimed in an interview with Sky News Australia that with the expected arrival of the Democratic administration, Assange can expect nothing good for himself. The Australian lawmaker stated that Assange “has been a target of the Democrats” from the very beginning of his prosecution under President Barack Obama over revealing secret documents to the world.
The lawmaker went on to note that the projected future US president, Joe Biden, is no better than Obama or Clinton, recalling that he called the whistleblower a “hi-tech terrorist”. In Christensen’s opinion, Trump is the last chance for Assange to avoid the prospect of getting a 175-year prison term in the US, while for POTUS it is a chance to “stand up for free speech” and “poke the deep state in the eye”.
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