Edward Snowden Urges Trump to Pardon Julian Assange

The Most Revolutionary Act

Common Dreams

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“You alone can save his life,” Snowden tweeted.

Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange. You alone can save his life. @realDonaldTrump

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 3, 2020

Assange, who exposed U.S. war crimes, has been jailed at Belmarsh Prison in London since April 2019 and faces possible extradition to the U.S. Facing 17 alleged violations of the U.S. Espionage Act and one for computer fraud, Assange could be hit with a sentence of up to 175 years.

His detention conditions and case have prompted international outrage from human rights and press freedom defenders.

Snowden’s appeal to Trump came a week after Stella Moris, Assange’s partner, tweeted an image of their two young…

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