U.S. efforts to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom are revenge for revealing war crimes committed by U.S. troops.
According to British expert Peter Tatchell, director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation human rights organisation, quoted on Friday by the Russian news agency Sputnik, the US government spares no effort to extradite the founder of WikiLeaks from the UK for having uncovered the truth and revealed his war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“He is sought to be extradited to the US simply for telling the truth. What he and WikiLeaks did was publish an exposition of war crimes, cover-ups and human rights abuses committed by the U.S. government,” the expert said.
The British expert stressed that telling the truth should never be a crime. “We also asked why Julian Assange is being harassed when newspapers like The New York Times, which publish the same information, are not being harassed by the US Administration. That seems to be double standards and political revenge,” Tatchell said.
He has also explained that the main thing that bothers the Washington Administration is the fact that Assange and WikiLeaks caused them great embarrassment by exposing things, like the video of the collateral murder, which revealed how U.S. soldiers shoot innocent civilians in Iraq.
The founder of the WikiLeaks website was deprived of his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London (capital of the United Kingdom) on April 11 and captured by the police.
On Wednesday, the Southwark Crown Court in London sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison for violating the terms of his conditional release in June 2012.
To react to the accusations against him, the U.S. journalist on Thursday expressed his desire not to be extradited to the United States and denied the accusations against him, asserting that he only did journalism.