Readers respond to news that the WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to the US after being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested, after being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in the course of proceedings for extradition to the US (Assange faces five years in US jail as standoff ends, 12 April). For his almost seven years of asylum there, besieged by the British state, that is exactly what Assange and his lawyers have said would happen. They always maintained that the Swedish investigations for sexual assault and misdemeanour were a pretext, aimed at his deportation to the US. The aim of deportation persisted after the Swedish cases were dropped.
Chelsea Manning is once again a political prisoner – indefinitely – for her principled refusal to be examined in secret by a grand jury investigation into the Russian interference scandal.
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