By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Monday, Jan. 4, offered Wikileaks founder Julian Assange political asylum.
“I am in favor of Assange being pardoned,” AMLO said during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace.
“And not only that, I am going to ask the secretary of foreign relations (Marcelo Ebrard) to begin the legal proceedings to request the British government grant Assange his freedom and allow Mexico to offer him political asylum.”
Earlier in the day, a British judge refused a U.S. request to extradite the 49-year-old, Australian-born Assange on charges of espionage, saying that his mental health is compromised and he poses a potential suicide risk.
Assange is wanted for the publication of thousands of classified U.S. documents in 2010 and 2011, which the United States claims broke the law and endangered lives.
Assange, who was also sought by Sweden in 2010 for alleged sexual assaults, has consistently fought the extradition, taking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 — where he remained for seven years — and adamantly maintaining that the case is politically motivated.
During the 2016 U.S. election campaign, WikiLeaks published confidential Democratic Party emails that Washington said were provided by Russia.
U.S. authorities now have 14 days in which to lodge an appeal for Assange’s extradition and are expected to do so later this week.
Assange has spent the last year and a half in a British prison, where he is currently being detained.
…Jan. 5, 2021