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Friday, 10 December 2010
SUPPORT WIKILEAKS: STOP ASSANGE EXTRADITION
Open letter signed by: John Pilgerjournalist and filmmakerLindsey GermanStop the War CoalitionIain BanksauthorRoger Lloyd PackactorSalma YaqoobBirmingham councillor Craig Murrayformer UK ambassadorYvonne RidleyjournalistCaryl ChurchillplaywriteMark ThomascomedianA L KennedyauthorCelia MitchellactorAlexei Saylecomedian and authorMiriam MargoylyesactorDavid GentlemanartistBen Griffinformer British soldierKatharine HamnettdesignerTerry Jones comedian and writerAndy Delatouractor
We protest at the attacks on Wikileaks and in particular on Julian Assange.
The leaks have assisted democracy in revealing the real views of our governments over a range of issues which have been kept secret, and which are now irreversibly in the public domain.
Everything we knew about the mass killing, torture and corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan has been confirmed.
The world's leaders can no longer hide the truth by simply lying to the public.
The lies themselves have been exposed.
The actions of major corporations such as Amazon, the Swiss banks and the credit card companies in hindering Wikileaks, are shameful, bowing as they do to pressure from the US government.
The US government and its allies, and their friends in the media, have built up a campaign against Assange which now sees him in prison facing extradition on dubious charges, with the presumed eventual aim of ensuring his extradition to the US.
We demand his immediate release, the dropping of all charges, and an end to the censorship of Wikileaks.