The National Coordinating Committee of the Libertarian Party condemns unequivocally the extradition of Julian Assange to face the farce of one hundred and seventy five years in the United States for espionage.
The Courts and British Government should uphold the integrity of a Free Press. The Libertarian Party demands that the extradition application is refused and terminated.
The one sided extradition treaty negotiated by the Blair Government has seen a number of British Citizens extracted from this country to face trial and imprisonment, while Americans who are involved in fatal car accidents in the UK are removed from the country and protected by the US President and the British Government colludes with them in leaving the country.
Assange has always feared a fit up by Swedish Government prosecutors in an alleged case of rape as being a prelude for this extradition. The US Government arranged aid to Ecuador, who then miraculously terminated his status as an asylum seeker after eight years.
The chances of Assange receiving a fair trial as a journalist exposing the duplicity of various American administrations are minimal.
The Libertarian Party calls for the protection of the Free Press in a written constitution.
Julian Assange is not fit either mentally or physically to stand trial, and there is a significant risk, he could be further charged with a capital offence leading to the death penalty once in the United States. He has been in solitary confinement in conditions that are tantamount to mental torture.
Not one investigative journalist is safe if this succeeds.
We are an independent country and we should without hesitation defend citizens and permanent residents.
We are a Free State not the 51st State.
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