More than 35,000 Australians have signed onto a petition urging President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to uphold basic justice and free speech for Julian Assange. The international campaign, led by the Australian based pressure group GetUp, will feature full-page ads running in the New York Times and Washington Times.
GetUp and AlterNet invite you to sign on to the petition.
“A chorus of American politicians and commentators have been branding WikiLeaks a terrorist organization and calling for its chief, Australian citizen Julian Assange, to be thrown in Guantanamo Bay or face the death penalty; some are even calling for Assange’s assassination,” said GetUp Acting National Director, Sam Mclean.
GetUp will seek to use the weight of international support to publish a statement of principles in American newspapers including the New York Times, and the Washington Times – the paper that recently called for Mr. Assange’s assassination.