President of Mexico to Joe Biden

Julian Assange committed 'no serious crime': Biden to Mexico's president

The British government approved the extradition of Assange to the US last month, following which an appeal was made.

Mexico City:

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said on Monday that he had interfered with US President Joe Biden on behalf of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying he had not committed any serious crimes.

Lopez Obrador renewed an offer of asylum for Assange, who is fighting extradition by Britain to the United States, where he could face decades in prison for allegedly violating the US Espionage Act.

Mexico’s leftist leader delivered a letter to Biden when he visited Washington last week, “informing that Assange had committed no serious crime,” he told reporters.

López Obrador said, “He did not kill anyone, did not violate any human rights and exercised his freedom.”

Imprisoning the 51-year-old Australian publisher would be an “abuse of freedom of expression”, he said, adding that he has yet to receive a response from Biden.

Assange could face up to 175 years in prison if convicted of violating the US Espionage Act by publishing military and diplomatic files related to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars in 2010.

The British government last month approved his extradition to the United States, prompting an appeal.

Supporters portray Assange as a martyr for press freedom after being taken into British custody and in a high-security prison after spending seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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