“OThe US must drop all charges against Assange, which will allow his immediate release from British state custody,” Amnesty International (AI) Secretary General Agnés Callamard said in a statement, adding that it is “unacceptable” that they have years of life have been “stolen”.

On the day that marks five years since the 52-year-old Australian journalist’s detention, Agnés Callamard accuses the US of “attacking Assange for having published information that was transmitted to him, even if it was in the public interest”.

“American authorities have not conducted a full and transparent investigation into his alleged war crimes,” Callamard said, noting that “Assange is wanted for activities that are critical to all journalists and editors, who often receive sensitive government information from outside sources “.

In the statement, AI also states that “the current persecution of Julian Assange makes a mockery of the US obligations under international law and its declared commitment to freedom of expression”, which could jeopardize “the freedom of the media all around the world”.

The possible extradition of the activist to the USA raises concerns for the secretary general of AI who states that Assange “will be at risk of suffering serious abuse, such as prolonged solitary confinement, which would violate the prohibition of torture or other ill-treatment “.

Julian Assange “is not really well, he is very worried”, said the activist’s wife and lawyer, Stella Assange, in an interview with the BBC, which has already highlighted the risk of suicide.

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden declared that the US “is analyzing” the Australian government’s request to dismiss the legal case against Assange for disclosing confidential documents.

“I think it’s a good sign (…) It looks like things may finally be moving in the right direction after five years in Belmarsh high security prison and 14 years since he lost his freedom,” said Stella Assange, adding that he hopes “Joe Biden drops the case, as the entire human rights and press freedom community is calling for.”

The British court will reconsider allowing Julian Assange to appeal his extradition to the US on May 20, 2024.

In mid-February, the Australian parliament voted in favor of asking the US and the UK to release Assange, detained in London since April 2019, after almost seven years in voluntary exile at the Ecuadorian embassy in the British capital.

On March 26, British justice suspended the trial to give the US the opportunity to present new diplomatic guarantees about Assange’s treatment in the event of his extradition, allowing him, if these were not provided, to present a last appeal against extradition. .

Julian Assange was charged with 17 counts of espionage by the US under the Espionage Act of 1917 and could face up to 175 years in prison.

Furthermore, the journalist was charged with computer misuse for publishing almost 15 years ago on his website a large number of confidential documents on US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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