Several members of the German parliament have called on the British government to intervene in case a court decides that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the US.
“Extraditing Julian Assange to the US, where he faces no fair trial and up to 175 years in prison, would endanger his life and set a precedent for journalists and whistleblowers around the world,” members of the Bundestag working group “Freedom for Julian Assange” told dpa on Sunday.
A British court is set to announce its decision on extradition on Monday. Assange is currently in a British prison; he evaded arrest for years by taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Hard-left politician Sevim Dagdelen of The Left (Die Linke) said that the British government could stop the extradition, even if it were legally decided, and “prevent the Assange case from becoming a blueprint for the persecution of disagreeable journalists.”
The US accuses Assange of stealing and publishing classified material from military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. His supporters view him as an investigative journalist who brought war crimes to light.