A group of UK parliamentarians have requested a meeting with imprisoned Wikileaks founder Julian Assange following concerns that his human rights are being violated. In a letter addressed to the British Secretary of State signed by over a dozen UK members of parliament, lawmakers asked to speak with the journalist as he awaits an extradition hearing on January 4, 2021.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 17, 2020
“We are writing to request that provision be made to hold an online video discussion between Julian Assange and a cross-party group of UK parliamentarians,” the letter states.
“As you will be aware, Julian Assange is currently on remand in HMB Belmarsh. He faces extradition to the USA for his journalistic work with Wikileaks including information exposing US war atrocities in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the US, Julian Assange faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in jail.”
The letter goes on to highlight the case’s “important implications” on press freedoms in the UK, and a recent UN torture assessment as reasons for the meeting.
“A group of UK parliamentarians recently met with Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, regarding the Julian Assange case and were concerned with his conclusions that Mr. Assange’s human rights are being violated,” the lawmakers write. “We would also like to discuss this with Mr. Assange.”
This week, on the heels of rumors percolating on social media claiming US President Donald Trump is preparing to pardon the Wikileaks editor, Project Veritas published a video alleging Assange used his network’s intel in 2011 to attempt to warn the State Dept. about a compromising leak of State Dept. documents.
Twitter is now censoring our original posts of the Assange bombshell HARD…Retweet/share this video for those who have yet to see it. pic.twitter.com/m92Hyy5mVT
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) December 17, 2020