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NGOs urge Biden administration to quash Assange prosecution

After the publication of an article confirming CIA plans to kidnap and assassinate Julian Assange, several freedoms organizations in a letter demanded an end to the prosecution of the whistleblower.

As the Yahoo site reports, several NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA, in a letter on October 18 called the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland – head of the Justice Department in the Biden administration – to drop the charges against Julian Assange after Yahoo News published an explosive article.

Based on testimonies from multiple sources within US intelligence, the article confirmed the existence of a plan fomented in 2017 in Washington, consisting of kidnapping and murdering Julian Assange, then confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“The Yahoo News story only heightens our concerns about the motivations behind these lawsuits and the dangerous precedent that is being set,” the authors say.

Several US intelligence sources interviewed by these investigative journalists confirm that in 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year locked up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the CIA allegedly instigated a plan to kidnap the founder of WikiLeaks, “Sparking a heated debate among officials in the Trump administration on the legality and feasibility of such an operation.”

If the article specifies that nothing indicates that the most extreme measures “have ever been approved” by the White House, four former officials assure that Mike Pompeo, former head of the CIA (2017-2018), who became by the Following Donald Trump’s Secretary of State (2018-2021), discussed the kidnapping plan during meetings between senior officials of the presidential administration. If Mike Pompeo is known to be openly opposed to Julian Assange, the journalists of Yahoo however specify that the scenario of the kidnapping “preceded the arrival of Pompeo in [la tête de la CIA]”.

During a podcast revealed on September 30 by Yahoo News, four days after the publication of his revelations on the Assange affair, Mike Pompeo confirmed that certain elements of the article in question were “true”, in particular the existence of an aggressive CIA campaign to target WikiLeaks after the series of revelations dubbed “Vault 7”, through which Julian Assange’s organization had, in 2017, highlighted hacking tools and methods used by US intelligence.

From Belmarsh high-security prison in London, Julian Assange was refused parole on January 6, pending the examination of the United States’ appeal concerning his extradition. If he were to be extradited, he could face 175 in prison in a super-high security Supermax prison in the United States, most of the charges being linked to the publication of 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, disclosed in 2010 by former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

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