Mexico Asks Biden to Free Assange
Mexico is willing to take in “the best journalist of our time” Julian Assange if the United States were to release him, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday.Obrador’s comments come after the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an extradition order on June 17, sending the WikiLeaks founder back to the United States where he is wanted for publishing thousands of classified and sensitive documents.
Assange faces up to 175 years behind bars if convicted.
Lopez Obrador told reporters that he will ask U.S. President Joe Biden to address Assange’s case, saying Mexico would “open its doors to Assange” if he were released.
The Mexican president is set to meet his U.S. counterpart in July.
Lopez Obrador praised Assange on Tuesday, calling him “the best journalist of our time in the world” and stating that “he has been treated very unfairly, worse than a criminal.”
“This is a shame for the world,” Lopez Obrador said. “I’m going to ask President Biden to address this issue … humanism must prevail.”
The Mexican president also stated that he plans to ask Biden to drop the charges against the WikiLeaks founder when they m …