France: Defence Lawyers to Seek French Political Asylum for Assange
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France: Defence Lawyers to Seek French Political Asylum for Assange


“What the US wishes is a political case. When we say that freedom of the press is under threat, it is because the US constitution would prohibit persecution of an American citizen for such an act. This trial, besides Julian Assange, concerns all those journalists who do not possess US citizenship.” “We are not medics of course, we were accompanied by our Belgian colleague [Christophe] Marchand who told us: I saw his capacities reduced, he has more and more troubles in speaking, he is sometimes prostrated.” “Of course, we are working on the possibility of asking the French authorities to provide political asylum [for Assange]. Our constitution permits this.” “For us, for the defence, for Julian, for all of those involved in his long trial, now it is clear that the [President Barack] Obama administration decided not to proceed with the persecution of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as it would represent such a dangerous precedent for the world’s [freedom of the] press.” “In August 2017 [President] Donald Trump’s administration attempted to put pressure on Julian Assange to make statements that would be favourable to President Trump himself.” “When Assange refused to do so, he was accused and there appeared an order for his extradition and an international order of arrest.”

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