The fiancée of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said his extradition to the US prison system would mean signing his death warrant.
“Six months ago, Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked the extradition of my partner, Julian Assange, because consigning him to the US prison system would have amounted to signing his death warrant. That should have been the end of it,” Stella Moris said on Wednesday.
“The case is rotten to the core, and nothing that the US government can say about his future treatment is worth the paper it is written on. This is a country whose agents plotted to kill Julian on British soil, who harried his solicitors and stole legal documents; who even targeted our six-month-old baby,” she added.
The comments by Moris come after the US administration announced that it is appealing against a UK court decision not to extradite him.
“I am appealing directly to the Biden government to do the right thing, even at this late stage. This case should not be dragged out for a moment longer. End this prosecution, protect free speech and let Julian come home to his family.”
In January, a lower court judge rejected an American request to send Assange to the US to face spying charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret documents a decade ago.
Assange was arrested in London two years ago after he was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy — where he had taken refuge for seven years — due to pressure from Washington.
Assange used WikiLeaks to publish secret documents online, including classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq that proved highly embarrassing to the US government.