How can Assange’s transfer to the United States be prevented? The Wikileaks founder’s lawyers present their strategy.
“It’s not about me, it’s about you,” are the words of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, which Kristinn Hrafnsonn always remembers. That said the current Wikileaks boss in London, where the Icelander is helping this week with the planning of the defense and public campaign to free Julian Assange. On February 24, Assange’s hearing begins in an English court on the US extradition request. Initially, three weeks should be negotiated, then it will not continue until May.
If Assange were extradited to the United States and sentenced there, no one could feel safe in the media, no matter where. That was one of the key messages from both Hrafnsonn and Nils Melzer on Wednesday – the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture also attended the Assange event. Assange is currently doing better, Hrafnsonn reported. He was still in a high-security prison, but no longer in conditions of total isolation, but with a minimum of social contact. This was only possible “due to the combined pressure from the lawyers, the public and ultimately several requests from his fellow inmates,” said Hrafnsonn.
The charges brought against the United States under anti-espionage laws have grown over time. Assange faces a 175-year sentence.