The joint op-ed in the New York Times which filmmaker Oliver Stone and Michael Moore attended hails the Ecuador asylum granted WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange. The claim is Assdange is being persecuted by the USA.
New York / NationalTurk / Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London since start of June, when the Wikileaks informant took sanctuary there to avoid extradition by dreaded English Home Office to Sweden.
Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden to face arrest and questioning over allegations of sexual assault – borderline rape -, but has stated he believes he could be transfered to the United States of America, where he could stand trial for leaking classified information through WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange with Ecuador asylum : US Directors support Assange
Last week, the tiny South American country Ecuador he granted officially political asylum to Assange, but the British government refused to recognize the asylum attempt and warned that Assange would not be given safe passage to leave England. The United Kingdom of Britain also loomed the possibility that England could forcibly enter the Ecuadorean embassy to arrest him at stake of an international political crisis
On Sunday, Julian Assange appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy and shouted that he was the victim of an American ‘ witch hunt.’ and ‘ England should tuck itself ‘
Moore and Oliver Stone on Julian Assange in New York Times Op-ED : Bravo to Ecuador
In the NYT op-ed, which was posted Monday night, Michael Moore and renowned US director Oliver Stone — both of whom have announced their support for Julian Assange in the past — cheered Ecuador’s granting asylum to Assange.
“Ecuador has acted in accordance with important principles of international human rights,” they wrote for the op-ed at New York Times newspaper. “For real, nothing could demonstrate the appropriateness of Ecuador’s action more than the brazen British government’s threat to violate a sacrosanct principle of international diplomatic relations and invade the Ecuador embassy in London to arrest Julian Assange.”
Julian Assange rape allegations : Alleged rape victim says ‘ he raped me in Sweden, he must be judged in Sweden
The Julian Assange rape allegations have also been covered by the duo of directors. Moore and Stone wrote on Assange rape case that : “Swedish authorities have traveled to other countries to conduct interrogations when needed, and the WikiLeaks founder has made clear his willingness to be questioned in London, England.” They also noted Ecuador’s willingness to let MR Julian Assange go to Sweden if it received a pledge that he would not then be sent to the USA.
‘ Ecuador’s foreign minister has stated he fears Julian Assange could get the death penalty if he were sent to America, though Sweden has laws banning extradition in such circumstances. It is not clear what designs the US has on Julian Assange, but the Sydney Morning Herald has published documents showing Australian officials in Washington saying that “the US investigation into possible criminal conduct by Mr Assange has been ongoing for more than a year.”
Micheal Moore & Oliver Stone on Assange case : Press freedom and global reporters’ rights on the table
A lawyer for the women who have accused Assange of sexually assaulting and ass-raping them called the notion that he would be sent to America “absurd,” stating that he needs to ‘face justice’ in Sweden where he allegedly had pounded the blondies hard, very hard.
But Oliver Stone and Mikey Moore rejected that rape argument in their op-ed, writing that it seemed clear that the UK and Sweden intended to get Julian Assange to the US.
“If Mr. Assange is extradited to the United States of America, it could result in reverberating for years around the globe,” the successful director and the bearded one wrote. Julian Assange is not an US citizen, and none of his actions have taken place on American soil. If the USA can prosecute a journalist in these circumstances, the governments of Russia or China could, by the same logic, demand that foreign reporters anywhere on earth be extradited for violating their laws. The setting of such a precedent should deeply worry everyone, admirers of WikiLeaks or not.”