Heroic NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made an appeal to President Donald Trump on Thursday, urging him to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Snowden wrote in a tweet on Thursday: “Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange. You alone can save his life, [President Donald Trump].”
The tweet can be seen here:
Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange. You alone can save his life. @realDonaldTrump
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 3, 2020
Assange is currently getting charged under the Espionage Act, with the federal thugs hoping to extradite the information liberator to the U.S. for exposing war crimes perpetrated by the deep state. President Trump has thus far looked the other way on the matter.
Liberty Conservative News has reported on the torture-like conditions that Assange has been forced to endure after being dragged out of the Ecuadorean embassy in Britain and imprisoned:
“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has paid a great cost for revealing truth to the world, and his father fears that it may end up costing him his life.
John Shipton told reporters in Geneva on Friday that he believes his son may ultimately perish behind bars. He came to this conclusion after seeing Assange in a disheveled state during a recent visit to the Belmarsh prison in London where he is being held.
“Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes,” Shipton said. “It is beyond obscene.”
“This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,” he added.
International authorities are also severely concerned about Assange, whose health has taken a turn for the worse since he was hauled out of the Ecuadorean embassy in Britain.
“Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange’s continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life,” said Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, in a statement.”
Recently, a bipartisan coalition led by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has called for the exoneration of Assange.
“Freedom of the press is a vital function of a free democracy in which the government is accountable to the people. Julian Assange published information that exposed lies and abuses of power at the highest levels of our government. His indictment under the Espionage Act sends a chilling message to every member of the media and all Americans,” Gabbard said.
“U.S. government prosecutors now claim that any journalist or news organization that publishes classified material is liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act — which would have led to the indictment of the Washington Post for the publication of the Pentagon Papers. The Federal government’s prosecution of Julian Assange sets a dangerous precedent. All extradition efforts and charges under the Espionage Act against Julian Assange must be dropped now,” she added.
“At a time when government officials claim the right to perform warrantless surveillance upon all American citizens, there is an urgent need to zealously guard freedom of the press and to demand government transparency and accountability,” Massie said.
President Trump would be able to cement his legacy as a fighter against corruption by freeing Assange and pardoning Snowden.