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Assange lawyer: Wikileaks founder committed no crime

2012-09-11 01:10:36 GMT2012-09-11 09:10:36(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Baltasar Garzon explained why WikiLeaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange is “worth defending.”- The seemingly intractable battle between Ecuador and Britain over Julian Assange has brought a spotlight on the dangerous path whistleblowers tread in exposing abuses of state power.

"It is injustice, because the US is conducting a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks. This case targets mostly Julian Assange, but other founders of the organization are also involved. In this respect, it is absolutely clear to us that such prosecution of a journalist who was just doing his job, violates freedom of speech in the US," Garzon said.

"When he came to the UK and the court had not yet ruled on his extradition case, Julian Assange told Swedish prosecutors that he was ready to cooperate. He said that even before he left Sweden; he even offered to come back for questioning. And he is still ready to do that."

"Ecuador’s decision to grant Julian Assange asylum, evoke his right for it, the right that was provided for by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s not a right per se, it becomes one when it’s recognized. Right now Julian Assange is a political refugee and cannot be prosecuted for the actions that served as the basis for his receiving asylum in the first place."

"Julian Assange and his supporters are powerless in the face of a political, diplomatic or legal decision. We can express our opinions, we can contribute to the process by providing documents and expertise, we can give advice on what to do, but we can’t make the final decision, because we are not authorized to. Julian Assange has a right to political asylum," Assange lawyer said.

(Agencies)

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