President Trump should give Julian Assange a pardon

The President must act tomorrow.

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“Pamela Anderson has called on Donald Trump to pardon Julian Assange in his final days as US president, saying the move could be the “perfect way” to end his term.

The former Baywatch star is one of WikiLeaks founder Assange‘s most high-profile supporters and has visited him several times in London, including at Belmarsh prison in May 2019,  reported.

UN human rights expert writes a letter calling for President Trump to pardon Assange.

Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Wrote the following letter in support of a pardon.

Mr. President,

Today, I respectfully request that you pardon Mr. Julian Assange.

Mr. Assange has been arbitrarily deprived of his liberty for the past ten years. This is a high price to pay for the courage to publish true information about government misconduct worldwide.

I visited Mr. Assange in Belmarsh High-Security Prison in London, with two independent medical doctors. I can attest that his health has seriously deteriorated to the point where his life is now in danger. Critically, Mr. Assange suffers from a documented respiratory condition, which renders him extremely vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic that has recently broken out in the prison where he is being held.

I ask you to pardon Mr. Assange because he is not, and has never been, an enemy of the American people. His organization, WikiLeaks, fights secrecy and corruption throughout the world and, therefore, acts in the public interest both of the American people and humanity.

I ask because Mr. Assange has never published false information. The cause for any reputational harm resulting from his publications is not to be found in any misconduct on his part, but he was exposed in the very misconduct.

I ask because Mr. Assange has not hacked or stolen any of the information he published. He has obtained it from authentic documents, and sources in the same way as any other serious and independent investigative journalists conduct their work. While we may personally agree or disagree with their publications, they clearly cannot be regarded as crimes.

I ask because prosecuting Mr. Assange for publishing true information about serious official misconduct, whether in America or elsewhere, would amount to “shooting the messenger” rather than correcting the problem he exposed. This would be incompatible with the core values of justice, the rule of law, and press freedom, as reflected in the American Constitution and international human rights instruments ratified by the United States.

I ask because you have vowed, Mr. President, to pursue an agenda of fighting government corruption and misconduct; and because allowing the prosecution of Mr. Assange to continue would mean that, under your legacy, telling the truth about such corruption and misconduct has become a crime.

In pardoning Mr. Assange, Mr. President, you would send a clear message of justice, truth, and humanity to the American people and the world.

You would rehabilitate a courageous man who has suffered injustice, persecution, and humiliation for more than a decade, simply for telling the truth.

Last but not least, you would give back to Mr. Assange’s two young sons, the loving father they need and look up to.  You would also reassure these children, and through them, all children of the world, that there is nothing wrong with telling the truth, but that it is the right thing to do; that it is honorable to fight for justice and, indeed, that these are the values America and the world stand for.”

For these reasons, I respectfully appeal to you to pardon Julian Assange. Whatever our personal views and sympathies may be, I believe that, after a decade of persecution, this man’s unjust suffering must end now.

Please, use your pardon’s power to right the wrongs inflicted on Julian Assange, end his unjust ordeal, and reunite him with his family!

I respectfully thank you for considering this appeal with foresight, generosity, and compassion.

Please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

The President should grant Assange a pardon.

We agree with Anderson and Melzer that the President should give Assange a pardon.

Assange is “being charged with serious crimes for providing remedial tips to his source for the 2010 disclosures of State Department cables about the war on terror.

Successful prosecution of Assange in U.S. courts could have a chilling effect on any journalist who advises a source on how to hide his or her digital footprints. Either way, in this case, the Justice Department has stretched the definition of ‘hacking’ beyond recognition”, the japantimes writes.

In making this decision, we reject the argument that Trump “knew that Wikileaks was laundering emails hacked by Russia’s intelligence services and made them a centerpiece of his campaign anyway — then tried to enlist Assange in that lie.”

There is no credible evidence to support that Trump knew about Russia’s alleged involvement with Wikileak’s source of leaking knowledge.

Indeed, Assange has long maintained that Russia was not supplying this information; he once claimed that a Democrat operative, who was later murdered, was the source for the emails.

By a preponderance of the evidence, the evidence shows that Assange was getting his information from legitimate sources. He should be pardoned.

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