Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul has signed on to a coalition calling for the “immediate release” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing deep state persecution for liberating secretive information to the world.
The coalition, Lawyers for Assange, issued their announcement last week with backing from leaders throughout the world.
“As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament and diplomats, have today denounced the illegality of the proceedings and appealed for Assange’s immediate release,” the coalition wrote in their letter.
“The politicians from 27 different countries and from across the political spectrum have joined 189 independent international lawyers, judges, legal academics and lawyers’ associations by endorsing their open letter to the UK Government warning that the U.S. extradition request and extradition proceedings violate national and international law, breach fair trial rights and other human rights, and threaten press freedom and democracy,” the coalition added.
The list also includes Argentinian president Alberto Fernández, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former Bolivian president Evo Morales Ayma, former Spanish prime minister José Luis Zapatero, former British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, British MP Andrew Wilkie, European MP Mikuláš Peksa, Prof. Slavoj Žižek, and former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel.
Paul also released a subsequent op/ed titled, “The War on Assange is a War on Truth.”
“Earlier this month, a US Federal appeals court judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records was illegal. That bulk collection program, born out of the anti-American PATRIOT Act, was first revealed to us by whistleblower Edward Snowden just over seven years ago,” Paul wrote.
“That is why whistleblowers and those who publish their information are so important. Were it not for Snowden and Assange, we would never know about this government criminality. And if we never know about government malfeasance it can never be found to be criminal in the first place. That is convenient for governments, but it is also a recipe for tyranny,” he added.
“We cannot have a self-governing society as was intended for our Republic if the government, with the complicity of the mainstream media, decides that there are things we are not allowed to know about it. President Trump should end the US government’s war on Assange…and on all whistleblowers and their publishers,” Paul concluded.
On Friday, Paul was hospitalized with health problems after suffering what appeared to be a stroke during the livestream of his daily liberty report. The editorial team at the Liberty Conservative News wishes Paul a speedy recovery.