Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been wrongly subjected to arbitrary detention for five and a half years, according to a ruling by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The ruling is critical of Swedish prosecutors, who have refused to interview Assange in London about sex crimes allegations. It is also critical of the UK government, which is prepared to arrest Julian Assange as soon as he leaves the London Embassy of Ecuador, which has granted Assange political asylum. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says that Assange should be able to leave the embassy without facing arrest or extradition.
Veterans For Peace agrees with the UN panel. It is clear that Julian Assange is facing political persecution due to Wikileaks’ release of U.S. military and diplomatic cables, much of it provided by Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence in the U.S.
“Of course, we cannot dismiss Swedish allegations of rape and sexual assault,” said Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace. “However, the political agendas of several governments have sabotaged opportunities for Assange to be held accountable or clear his name.”