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#FreeAssange Activist Ordered To Court

by Taylor Hudak

We are learning that in certain regions of NE Ohio, activists are not welcome to exercise their first amendment right to free speech—especially in Oberlin, Ohio.

Throughout the afternoon on Saturday June 29, my friend Andrew and I were posting signs reading “Free Julian Assange,” “Chelsea Manning is a POW” and “No Extradition” among others with similar messages.

Andrew and I have a pretty good system when we poster. I carry the signs and hand them over as he staples them to the utility poles with a staple gun.

This is, of course, a legal form of free speech expression. However, the Oberlin Police Department does not agree.

On the afternoon of June 29, as Andrew and I reach a utility pole in front of a convenient store, a police cruiser approaches and the vehicle begins to slow down as the officer yells to us that we cannot post the signs “there.”

Andrew, with staple gun in hand about to make the final staple on that sign– turns around, looks the officer the eye, and staples the last staple. Immediately sirens are going off, and soon enough three additional police cars arrive.

Experience With the Officers

The officer pulls into the convenient store parking lot and addresses us. Andrew calmly informs her that stapling signs to utility poles is, in fact, legal. She, the officer, is persistent and soon becomes very angry with Andrew as he informs her of our rights.

Clearly agitated, the officer orders Andrew to empty his pockets and to place his hands on the hood of the vehicle. He complies.

Now, I would be dishonest if I did not disclose to you that it was very apparent the officer was hoping to find something illegal in his possession. And when she didn’t, she ordered him to get into the back of the police car.

As Andrew enters the back of the police car, he is ordered to hand me his phone and I hold onto it feeling very dumfounded at what just took place.

The officer than tells me I am free to go, and I decline. And, I’m still very unsure of what the real issue is at this time, but I can hear the officer tell Andrew that it was not the content of the sign that was an issue but the actual posting of it on the utility pole.

At this point, I can hear conversation between the officer and Andrew. As the officer attempts to school Andrew on the laws in Oberlin, he explains to her why we were posting signs to begin with.

As he explains to her the issues of censorship and Julian Assange she replies to him, “I don’t get what you mean?”

Meanwhile, the male officer sitting in one of the other surrounding police cars, gets out and begins conversing with me. I explain to him that we are fighting to prevent the US extradition of Julian Assange. He, too, was unsure of what I was really referencing.

Once I mentioned “WikiLeaks” I could see the male officer was more clear on what our message was. Yet, he acknowledged he was not completely aware of the details of the case.

I can only hope that after I encouraged him to google independent media sources for information on the case that he actually will follow through.

Interestingly, this officer said to me that he has to enforce laws that he may not agree with. I could easily sense he somewhat agreed we had a right to free speech.

The male officer I was speaking with then pulls out a camera and holds it up in the direction of our sign on the utility pole. At that moment Andrew and I make eye contact, and smile. The officer then snaps a photograph.

The Aftermath

As Andrew then exits the police vehicle and the female officer who charged him reads him his citation, we then encouraged her to please take our sign into evidence.

She vaguely said it may or may not be put into evidence and at that point I offer her my stack of signs and she ignores the offer.

As she then continues to read Andrew information concerning his citation, he listens and then asks her if he can submit the signs as evidence. She was vague in her response.

Soon enough we were free to go and Andrew and I walked to his car laughing. Of course, being quite shocked, we laughed and talked about the events that just took place.

On our walk back to our car, police cars were visible at every block and Andrew says to me that they are watching us now to make sure we don’t hang anymore signs.

I laughed and entertained the possibility of their listening to us speak at that moment. We both laughed and then realized—it’s not long before they will try.

*On a side note, it was the officer who had to retrace our path and take down all of our signs

Lighting Up the World With Support For Julian Assange

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by Taylor Hudak

While an award-winning journalist spends his 48th birthday in London’s Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh, supporters around the world will unite in solidarity to support a truth-teller, whistleblower and activist — Julian Assange.

This collaborative initiative, #Candles4Assange, will occur in 56 cities spanning across the globe on Julian’s 48th birthday, Wednesday July 3 – with the number of cities participating increasing each day.

According to the website, #Candles4Assange is advocating for the protection of whistleblowers, the prosecution of war criminals and an end to the war on journalism.

People around the world have chosen a location and time to hold their #Candles4Assange event. Nearby supporters are encouraged to attend and light candles in honor of Julian.

In addition to bringing awareness to the important issues of our day including the consistent violations of the free press and free speech rights, this effort is a world-wide celebration of the birthday of one of the bravest men humankind has ever known.

In a world riddled in sanctions and in war, caused and perpetuated by world leaders and the powerful, what a wonder it is that citizens of a wide-range of countries can unite on a day of significance to promote a cause of which they all care so deeply.

Below is a complete list of the #Candles4Assange events to take place around the world on Wednesday July 3. Times and locations are included. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact @Candles4Assange.


Adelaide, Australia – 7pm at Parliament House

Asturias, Spain – (time not listed) at Oviedo Austurias

(no link available)

Auckland, New Zealand – 12 to 1pm + Eve at US Consulate


Bere Alston, England – (time not listed) at War Memorial


Berlin, Germany – 6pm at US embassy

Boston, MA, USA – (no time or location listed)

Brisbane, Australia – (no time or location listed)

Bristol, England – (no time or location listed)

Brussels, Belgium – 6pm at Brussels Park


Canberra, Australia – 11am to 1pm at cake pamphlets Garema Place

Canberra, Australia – 4 to 8pm at Parliament Hill Lawn Candle Display

Concord, NH, USA – 4 to 6pm at NH Statehouse 107 N Main St. Concord


Denver, CO, USA – 4 to 6pm Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave (Public Sidewalk West)

Des Moines, IA, USA – 11-1pm at Cowles Commons 300 E Locust St, 50309

Durban, South Africa – (no time or location listed)

Dusseldorf, Germany – 5 to 7pm at US Consulate Willi-Becker-Allee 10 40227 Düsseldorf


Edinburgh, Scotland – (no time or location listed)


Guayaquil, Ecuador – (no time or location listed)


Helsinki, Finland – 4 to 6pm at Senate Square (website says- CHANGE LOCATION)


Invermere, Canada – (no location or time posted)


Jereuselem, Israel – (no time listed) at neve yacov, at neighborhood center

Johannesburg, South Africa – 3pm at Cnr. Olifantsfontein Rd & Lever Rd Noordwyk 


Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA – (no time listed) at Big Bear Lake or Lake Arrowhead Plaza

Lake Macquarie, Australia – (no time or location listed)

Lisbon, Portugal – (no time or location listed)

Ljubljana, Slovenia – (no time or location listed)

London, England – TBC at BELMARSH PRISON on 3 July. (Trafalguar Square on the 6th July)

Luxembourg, Luxembourg – (no time or location listed)


Melbourne, Australia – 12 to 1pm at Federal Square, Cnr. Swanston & Flinders St

Mexico City, Mexico – 1pm + eve at US Embassy Paseo de la Reforma 305 Mexico City Mexico

Milan, Italy – 9pm to 12am at Comitato per la Liberazione di Julian Assange Italia meet at Piazzo Castello


Minneapolis, MN, USA – (no time or location listed)

Moscow, ID, USA – 5 to 8pm Centre of town


Nairobi, Kenya – (no time or location listed)

New York, NY, USA – 5 to 8pm at Washington Park Square


Paris, France – 4:30 to 8:30pm (no location listed)

Perth, Australia – (no time or location listed)

Port Elizabeth, South Africa – (no time or location listed)

Portland, OR, USA – (no time or location listed)


Quito, Ecuador – (no time or location listed)


Rockhampton, Australia – 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Riverbank beside Boathouse Restaurant, 189 Quay St, 4700 Rockhampton Australia


Saint-Nazaire, France – 6:30pm at Place du commando #TouteLaFranceAvecAssange

Salta, Argentina – (no time or location listed)

San Francisco, CA, USA — *NB* 4 July 1pm at Mission Delores Park

Sebastopol, CA, USA – (no time or location listed)

Seoul, South Korea – (no time or location listed)

Strasbourg, France – (no time or location listed)

Sydney, Australia – 3 to 5pm & 10pm at Sydney Town Hall, Martin Place Ampitheatre


Tallinn, Estonia – 10pm at Kadrioru kunstimuuseum Tallinn 10127,24.7915912&hl=en-US&gl=us&shorturl=1

Tampere, Finland – 4 to 6pm at Ylävitonen


Toronto, Canada – (no time or location listed)

Tripoli, Libya – (no time or location listed)

Tulsa, OK, USA – (no time or location listed)

Turin, Italy – (no time listed) location listed as kuntmuuseum Tallinn, Estonia


Washington DC, USA – (no time or location listed)

Wellington, New Zealand – 5 to 8pm at US Embassy Lawn, 29 Fitzherbert St.


Yerevan, Armenia – (no time or location listed)

by Taylor Hudak

With the 2020 United States presidential election quickly approaching, the American people had their first introduction to the democratic candidates the evenings of June 26 and June 27.

The candidates were divided into two groups, and on each night, ten of 20 democratic White House hopefuls graced the Knight Hall stage in Miami for the first round of debates.

The first question was posed to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, perhaps due to her rankings in the polls at the time. But interestingly, she was also offered the final word leaving many to speculate Sen. Warren is set to become the main stream media’s new Hillary Clinton.

But what happened during the two hours in between is more telling. Despite important issues including healthcare, Iran and the tax code being thoroughly addressed, First Amendment advocates were all but pleased when the moderators failed to address the state of the free press, free speech and moreover, the case of Julian Assange.

Julian’s supporters were discouraged that the candidates were not given the opportunity to provide their perspective on an issue they care about deeply. And for this reason, Action 4 Assange decided to research various quotes and statements made by the candidates about Assange, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks. We listed the candidates in alphabetic order by last name and included the links to where we retrieved this information. We strongly encourage you to visit the links to view the full material and decide for yourself what these candidates’ statements suggest about their stance on the first amendment and the Julian Assange case.


(2018) According to the World Socialist Web Site, Michael Bennet was one of 10 Democratic sens. who signed a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence demanding that the Trump Administration call upon the Ecuadorian government to revoke Assange’s asylum and expel him from the embassy.

The letter may be found here.

The article can be found here.


(2010) In an interview with ABC News (Australia), Biden was asked on Meet The Press if the United States should do something to stop Mr. Assange. Biden said:

“We’re looking at that right now. The Justice Department is taking a look at that and I’m not going to comment on that process.”

When asked if Assange is a criminal, Biden said:

“If he conspired to get these classified documents with a member of the US military, that’s fundamentally different than if somebody drops on your lap—here David, you’re a press person, here is classified material.”

When asked if this case is more like the pentagon papers or a high-tech terrorist, Biden said:

“I would argue that it’s closer to being a high-tech terrorist than the pentagon papers.”

The full video can be found here.

*Action for Assange notes that one’s status as a journalist does not provide him or her with additional free speech or publishing protections under the first amendment as Joe Biden suggests.


(2016) From Press for Truth—A Reporter asked Sen. Booker what he thought of the WikiLeaks revelations suggesting that the 2016 primary election was rigged in favor of then-candidate Hillary Clinton. Booker said:

“Well, the WikiLeaks are awful and it was unfortunate and I’m glad that the DNC chair (inaudible) stepped aside.”

Find the full video here.


(2019) In an interview with CBS radio, Mayor Buttigieg was asked about Chelsea Manning being imprisoned again for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Buttigieg said:

“As somebody who was tasked with handling sensitive information, information that could get people killed I took an oath and made promises that I would handle it responsibly. And when you’re involved in divulging classified information that can harm American troops overseas that is not something to be taken lightly.”

When asked about former President Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence, Buttigieg said:

“I’m troubled by that.”

The radio host goes on to ask Buttigieg, “Is Edward Snowden a hero or a villain to you?” Buttigieg said:

“When you are trusted with classified information you have made a promise, and if you are not comfortable safe-guarding information that could get Americans killed, then you shouldn’t be in that profession. I certainly agree that we have learned things about abuses and one way or another that needed to come out. But in my view, the way for that to come out is through congressional oversight not through a breach of classified information”

The full article and radio interview can be found here.

*Action 4 Assange notes that there is no evidence to suggest that anyone was harmed due to the material leaked by Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden or any of the information published on WikiLeaks website like Mayor Buttigieg suggested.


(Action 4 Assange was unable to find any statements by Castro on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link and we may add the information)


(2016) From Politico

Concerning the release of the Podesta emails, Mayor de Blasio said:

“And I think it creates a very, very troubling dynamic where there is no privacy of any kind anymore” 

Find the entire article here.


(April 11, 2019) According to a press release on candidate Delaney’s campaign website, the following is posted:

“Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States and tried for the charge that he allegedly assisted in hacking into government systems. Journalists are free to publish information that they receive but they are not free to participate in obtaining information illegally.  This is the central question in the Assange case. The U.S. government has alleged that Assange assisted in hacking critical and confidential government information and in doing so, endangered the national security interests of the U.S. citizens and the identity of U.S. intelligence assets.”

This excerpt can be found on Delaney’s campaign website here.


(June 5, 2019) Rep. Gabbard posted a video on Twitter in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Gabbard said:

“Charging Assange under the espionage act will have a serious chilling effect on our most fundamental rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Every American, certainly every journalist, must strongly condemn this anti-Democratic act by the Trump Administration.”

Find the full video here.

(May 15, 2019) In an interview with Joe Rogan (posted on Newsweek’s website), Rogan asked Rep. Gabbard what she would do about Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Rep. Gabbard said she would drop the charges and pardon Snowden.

“There is not an actual channel for whistleblowers like them to bring forward information that exposes egregious abuses of our constitutional rights and liberties period.”

(Published on July 10, 2019) In an interview with journalist Dack Rouleau of, Rouleau asks Rep. Gabbard why it is important to defend Assange, Gabbard says:

“What we’re really defending is freedom of speech and freedom of the press… if we don’t stand up for those freedoms and in this case, the freedom of the press, when they are under attack and when they are at peril, then each of us whether as journalists or as everyday Americans, are also facing that threat of having our own personal freedom undermined because really what’s happening with Julian Assange, as well as Chelsea Manning, Snowden and others is the government taking a position that if you are pushing transparency, if you’re putting out information that the government deems will make them look bad or that they don’t like, then they will use the force of law to come after you and make an example of you. And try to prevent anyone else from doing the same. And whether you agree or disagree with what Julian Assange has done or if he’s a good guy or bad guy or whatever these are all irrelevant points because really what we’re talking about is freedom of the press and what’s happening to Julian Assange will very well happen to any other journalist, whether with new media or with main stream media or with any American for that matter who speaks up and speaks out on the truth, our government is showing that if you do that there will be consequences and that’s very dangerous.”

The Newsweek article including the Joe Rogan segment can be found here.

Rep. Gabbard’s full interview with Joe Rogan can be found here.

Rep. Gabbard’s full interview with Back Rouleau can be found here.


(2010) According to Senator Gillibrand’s government website, she called on then-President Obama to crack down on “cyber-criminals” following a cyber-attack on MasterCard, Visa and PayPal.

Her full letter to Obama can be found here.


(Action 4 Assange was unable to find any statements by Rep. Harris on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link and we may add the information)


(2019) In an interview with Sirius XM’s Olivier Knox, Gov. John Hickenlooper said:

“Well the first amendment is one of the most sacred rights we have in the country. But that being said we have clear laws that are designed to protect the employees of our government when they’re working in foreign countries. Oftentimes they are in very dangerous situations that can be compromised easily if information is leaked.”

“But I think the country needs to see you know someone like Mr. Assange… let’s get the facts and see exactly what the decisions he made and what were the sacrifices, and what was he trying to get done? And what were the sacrifices made on that behalf?”

The video clip may be found here.


(Action 4 Assange was unable to find any statements by Gov. Inslee on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link and we may add the information)


(2010) In a radio interview with WCCO’s Chad Hartman, Sen. Klobuchar calls for a tough punishment on WikiLeaks following the release of the State Department Cables.

(out of respect for Chelsea Manning, Action 4 Assange chose to use the correct pronoun in reference to Manning)

In reference to the leak, Klobuchar said:

“I think it’s an enormous story and it’s more than a story it’s actually an enormous security risk.”

“It really undermines our efforts to work with other countries Secretary of State Clinton just went on noting that, and that it really tears at the fabric of our government when this kind of thing happens. And that’s what I’m concerned about, and that we have to make sure that the person who appears to be the original leaker here– this Private Manning who’s down the food chain here. First of all, why did she have access to all this information first of all I think that’s something we’re going to have to push but then obviously holding her responsible.”

(about Chelsea Manning) “A lot of people believe she could get a prison term for the rest of her life, and I think that would be appropriate.”

“The other piece of this is what responsibility, legal responsibility, WikiLeaks has with their website. If there’s any way we can push that to say that you can’t put illegally obtained documents up on your website, and I think that’s worth it.”

“If we can show that the material on there was stolen that website can actually be taken down. What you do with something like WikiLeaks which has vast amount of material that’s legal and then they put on things that are illegal I mean that’s where were going to have to strike the balance and make sure that security isn’t jeopardized but this is devastating to our national security.”

The full article and radio interview can be found here.


(May 30, 2019) Interview with a reporter from Citizen Source found on Medium.

A reporter asked former Rep. O’Rourke about Julian Assange. O’Rourke said:

“I want to make sure that we don’t do anything that chills the ability to hold people in positions of public trust accountable to make sure that the public and the press have the facts to make informed decisions. Those are my values without commenting on a specific case.”

The full video and article can be found here.


(2019) According to an article from The Intercept, Sen. Sanders said in a tweet (about the indictments against Assange):

“Let me be clear: it is a disturbing attack on the First Amendment for the Trump administration to decide who is or is not a reporter for the purposes of a criminal prosecution”

The full article may be found here.


(2019) According to a CNN video posted on Breitbart to accompany an article, Rep. Swalwell said to a CNN anchor:

“It will be heartening to see Mr. Assange be brought to justice, and I also want to respect the role of journalists and distinguish him from a journalist. He works with state actors to obtain our country and other countries intelligence information and interfere in elections. So I have no sympathy for Mr. Assange with respect to what he did.”

(about President Trump) Rep. Swalwell said:

“He (Trump) doesn’t commend the British for working with us to extradite Mr. Assange.”

The interview and article can be found here.

*Action 4 Assange notes that during the interview Rep. Swalwell mentioned that the people want to know if Mr. Assange met with Paul Manafort, however this is proven false. The Guardian’s Luke Harding published a fake story that Assange met with Manafort—this never happened. Secondly, note that one’s status as a journalist does not determine his or her level of free speech and/or publishing protections under the first amendment like Rep. Swalwell suggested. (Additionally, it is not up to the United States government to determine who is and is not a journalist.)

Rep. Swalwell dropped out of the race.


(Action 4 Assange was unable to find any statements by Rep. Ryan on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link, and we may add the information)


(2019) According to an article from The Washington Times, Sen. Warren said:

“Assange is a bad actor who has harmed U.S. national security—and he should be held accountable”

“But Trump should not be using this case as a pretext to wage war on the First Amendment and go after the free press who hold the powerful accountable everyday.”

The full article can be found here.


(2019) In an interview with Jimmy Dore on The Jimmy Dore Show, he asks Williamson her stance on Assange, she said:

“I go back and forth. I have a lot of ambivalence on the Julian Assange issue. Early on I saw him as any whistleblower and that he’s very important and the role he was playing and the function he was serving and I was very much aware of the fact that the system suppresses the whistleblower.”

“In this last election it’s not as clear to me. Like who are you working for Julian? You’re just going down on that campaign and not the other campaign so I don’t know I see both sides (inaudible).”

“The Julian Assange thing for many of us is a little not as black and white as you see it to be.”

Jimmy Dore then asked her:

“Well the Obama Administration’s Justice Department declined to prosecute him and The Washington Post editorial just a few years ago said the same thing—so what would you say the difference between Julian Assange publishing war crimes by the United States released by Chelsea Manning and the difference between Daniel Ellsberg and The Washington Post printing the pentagon papers—they’re both publishers, correct?”

Williamson said:

“I didn’t think there was any difference until this last thing happened with the election. Now that you’re saying that about the election and that’s where I’m still in process. Before this election, I saw no difference. Until this election and what happened with the election with Hillary Clinton I saw it exactly the same as Daniel Ellsberg.”

The full video and interview can be found here.

(Aug. 25, 2019) During a campaign event in New Market, NH, journalist Dack Rouleau asks Williamson to clarify her position on Julian Assange. Williamson says,

“I’m tilting in the direction of if you’re going to stand for whistleblowers, you stand for whistleblowers. And I have to within myself, I have to discern, where is it Marianne that you just don’t like his personality, you know, because his personality is not an issue here. So there is a dangerous shutting down, and this was even true during the Obama Administration, there’s a dangerous shutting down of the whistleblowers. I realize that. And he’s a whistleblower.”

The full video footage can be found here.

*Action 4 Assange notes that the main stream media, most notably CNN, MSNBC, The Guardian and The NY Times, are responsible for disseminating false information regarding Assange’s personality in an attempt to discredit him and destroy his character. Furthermore, Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange, posted on Twitter that it is not common for people to obsess over editor’s personalities like this– Action 4 Assange agrees.


(2019) In a video Action 4 Assange found on YouTube published by user Dack Rouleau, Yang was asked what he thought about Julian Assange. Yang said:

“I think Julian Assange should stand trial. I’m generally pro-whistleblower and like pro-people trying to call out bad behaviors. But in that particular case he did disclose information that had really no useful purpose except for potential damage to our infrastructure (inaudible). So ya I think he should stand trial.”

The video can be found here.

*Action 4 Assange notes that there is no evidence to support Yang’s claim that WikiLeaks’ publications have or may have damaged infrastructure.

The Arbitrary Detention and Torture of Julian Assange

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On Thu 27th at the UN Human Right Council a discussion with Jennifer Robinson, Nils Melzer, Mads Andenas, Christophe Peschoux and Kristinn Hrafnsson about Julian Assange case and its implication for the protection of human rights and the rule of law worldwide.

Anything to say?

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Join the event in Spoleto, Campello Square, (Italy) on July 6th at 6pm. Take a stand for Freedom of Expression, monument to Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Chelsea Manning!

Donate to the WikiLeaks official Defence Fund

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Please donate to the WikiLeaks official Defence Fund

Your support is vital

WikiLeaks relies on supporters around the world to sustain itself in the face of increasing threats to its journalists and activities. Your contribution will be valuable in defending WikiLeaks and the public’s right to know.

Click here

Help WikiLeaks Fight the DNC

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In April 2018, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against WikiLeaks simply for publishing its emails. This lawsuit is the biggest attack on freedom of speech and constitutional rights in decades.

The DNC does not allege WikiLeaks participated in hacking of any kind. It is suing WikiLeaks for providing accurate, newsworthy information to the public

Donate here.

Help WikiLeaks Sue Guardian Over Fabricated Story

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Help WikiLeaks sue The Guardian for fabricating a story that Julian Assange had secret meetings with Paul Manafort

The Guardian has claimed, using unnamed sources, that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had “secret talks” with Julian Assange  in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on three occasions. These claims are completely false and the story has been fabricated. But it has gone viral, repeated uncritically by media outlets around the world.

Donate here:

Write to your political representative

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You can write to your member of parliament, Congressman or Senator or Prime Minister asking them to condemn Julian Assange’s arrest and oppose the attempt by the US government to extradite him from the United Kingdom.

  • If you’re in the UK, your role in helping Julian Assange is crucial. Write to your MP to let them know that you oppose onward extradition and that Assange’s legal rights must be protected
  • If you’re in the US, please send a version of this open letter to your political representative calling on President Trump to halt the investigation into WikiLeaks and attempted extradition of Julian Assange.

After you have written to a political representative, consider writing a letter to Julian.