Julian Assange has found in the Mexican president a standard bearer for his cause. Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that he is willing to intercede with Joe Biden on behalf of the WikiLeaks founder, who is one step away from being extradited to the United States.
The Mexican president has referred to Assange as “the best journalist in the world” and has offered to give him shelter in Mexico if he were released.
“If I say yes, I am going to ask President Biden to address this matter,” López Obrador said. “He is the best journalist of our time in the world and he has been treated very unfairly, worse than a criminal, this is a shame.”
Last week, the British government signed the extradition order for Julian Assange to the United States, where they claim him for twenty crimes, including espionage, which could cost him a sentence of 175 years in prison for massive leaking of confidential documents.
Assange’s legal team has announced that it will appeal the decision.
The Australian journalist spent seven years as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Since 2019 he has been incarcerated in a high-security prison awaiting a decision on handing him over to the United States.