On Monday, a British judge rejected the U.S. request to extradite the Australian editor, publisher, and activist Julian Assange. Following the U.K. judge’s decision, the current president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has offered Assange political asylum in the country. Meanwhile, Wikileaks has gathered hundreds of thousands of dollars in crypto-asset donations since the founders’ arrest in April 2019.
US Extradition Requests for Julian Assange Denied
The world recently watched a United Kingdom judge reject the United States’ request to extradite the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The activist told the court that the state of the harsh U.S. prisons would likely lead to killing himself.
“I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America,” the judge said after rejecting the U.S. request. Assange was arrested on April 11, 2019, and he faces espionage charges over the publication of classified U.S. documents.
Following the judge’s rejection, the notorious whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted about the decision to not let the U.S. take Assange. “Let this be the end of it,” Snowden tweeted after hearing the news.
Additionally, the sitting president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has offered Assange political asylum. Obrador told a daily press briefing that the British judge’s decision to reject the U.S. government was a milestone of justice and added that Assange is “a journalist and deserves another chance.”
“I’m in favor that Assange is pardoned, furthermore, I will ask the foreign minister to initiate proper procedures to ask the United Kingdom’s government about the possibility that Julian Assange is set free, and that Mexico offers to provide political asylum,” Obrador stressed.
$800K in Crypto Donations
Moreover, the cryptocurrency community has been sending Assange and Wikileaks quite a bit of…