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Australian editor Julian Assange has been behind bars in the UK since his arrest in April 2019 after being expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy where he had taken refuge for years. Now that Assange is fighting extradition to the United States and facing charges that could land him in jail for more than 100 years, his family speaks out against the parameters of his incarceration.
Assange’s father, John Shipton, who is currently traveling the US to raise awareness of his son’s situation, told Tucker Carlson Tonight on Wednesday that Assange had really done nothing wrong and committed no “specific crime” at all.
“He’s just insulted some people in certain parts of Washington,” he said. “As a result, she has been persecuted and harassed for 12 years.”
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Shipton pointed out that while Assange is not an American citizen, he was charged under the US Espionage Act of 1917 and faced 175 years imprisonment for “nothing at all”.
Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s brother, announced that his last visit to Assange was in London’s Belmarsh Prison in October 2019. Since then, the prison has been completely closed due to COVID.
“It is a maximum security prison that has the most dangerous prisoners in all of Britain, the most violent prisoners,” he said. “He won his extradition case on January 4th and the US government appealed and a few days later he was denied bail.”
“Since January he has been in prison as an innocent man who cannot see his family or his lawyers.
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Gabriel announced that there have been no elected officials since President Biden’s inauguration to assist his family in releasing Assange.
“The people in Congress and the Senate have remained silent, which is one of the reasons we are doing this,” he said. “To encourage Americans to stand up for their First Amendment rights and speak to their congressmen.”