Assange case: Journalists demand release of WikiLeaks founder

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WikLeaks founder faces charges of 18 counts in US and faces up to 175 years in prison for leaking in 2010 to some 700,000 classified documents

Executives of international journalistic associations demanded today from Geneva the “release” of its founder WikiLeaks Julian Assange in the “name of freedom of the press”.

On June 17 the British government announced that he had signed decree on extradition of 50-year-old Assange in the US from Belmars Prison near London where he has been held for three years.

Its founder WikLeaks faces charges for 18 offenses in the US and is in danger of being imposed on him imprisonment 175 years for the 2010 leak on the website approx 700,000 secret documents on US military activities mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the signatories of the appeal, among whom are the heads of journalistic associations from Franceτη Britainτη Germanythe Spain and Australia, the decision of the British government is “blatant violation of human rights“And demonstrates”complete contempt for freedom of the press».

His version Assange «will have serious implications for investigative journalism as any use of classified or confidential documents could be prosecuted“, Pushing journalists”not to disclose information relating to the public interest from protected official sources».

Source: skai.gr

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