For international action to defend Julian Assange!
28 May 2018
The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board call for urgent action to be taken around the world to defend WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange. After fighting for close to eight years against relentless persecution by the US government and its allies, the Australian-born journalist is now in tremendous danger of falling into their clutches.
The American ruling class and its counterparts internationally are hostile to WikiLeaks and its editor because he published leaked information that exposed before the world their war crimes, anti-democratic intrigues and corruption. The US government is determined to silence Assange and intimidate all principled journalists and whistleblowers by hauling him before a show trial and convicting him of fraudulent charges of “espionage.” Assange now faces the risk of lengthy imprisonment, or even the death sentence, for revealing the truth.
In 2010, while in Britain, Assange exposed the criminality of the United States. Soon after, a Swedish prosecutor made vile allegations against him to the effect that he may have committed sexual offenses. The allegations were part of a conspiracy to silence him and undermine WikiLeaks’ considerable international support. Assange was forced to fight attempts to extradite him to Sweden, from where he could have been rendered to the United States. In June 2012, he was compelled to seek political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London when a British court handed down a politically motivated rejection of his final legal appeal against extradition.
In late 2016, Swedish authorities agreed to question Assange in London and then, last year, abandoned their…