A letter signed by “prominent” US figures in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s application for political asylum in Ecuador has been delivered to the country’s London embassy.
Among those who signed the letter were Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover.
Other signatories included the author Naomi Wolf, comedian Bill Maher and Daniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst then whistleblower, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and who has been a long-standing supporter of Assange.
The latter was delivered to the Ecuadoran embassy by Robert Naiman, policy director at the Just Foreign Policy campaign group on Monday, along with a petition signed by more than four thousand Americans urging President Rafael Correa to approve Assange’s request for political asylum.
The Australian national entered Ecuador’s embassy last week in the latest dramatic twist in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex offences.
See the entire letter here
This author continues to watch this on-going debacle with amusement.
The whole WikiLeaks/Assange drama would be amusing to follow, if it wasn’t clouded in demigoguery and the portrayal of Assange as a ‘victim’.
Regardless of the rightness or otherwise of a redeportation from Sweden to the United States, if you’re not prepared to accept the consequences of your actions perhaps you shouldn’t have done them in the first place (speaking about his leaking of information, not his escapades in Sweden).