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article imageVideo: Baltasar Garzón interviewed on the case of Julian Assange

By Anne Sewell     Sep 11, 2012 in World
Sevilla - RT Spanish interviews Baltasar Garzón, leading the law team in the case of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder and whistleblower.
Assange is still holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and whilst Ecuador has granted him diplomatic asylum on the grounds of political persecution, he is unable to leave, as the U.K. will not grant him safe passage out of the country.
The U.K. government seeks to extradite him to Sweden to face questioning in an alleged sexual assault case. U.K. officials have vowed to arrest him should he step outside the embassy building.
In the interview, Garzón explains why Assange is "worth defending". He explains that the threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London by the U.K. authorities is merely a bluff.
Garzón says that what is happening to Assange is "extreme injustice."
"It is injustice, because the U.S. is conducting a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks – that’s according to few, but nevertheless very reliable, reports. This case targets mostly Julian Assange, but other founders of the organization are also involved. In this respect, it is absolutely clear to us that such investigation and prosecution of a journalist who was, in essence, just doing his job, violates freedom of speech in the US, a country which prides itself in always defending freedom of speech, a value firmly stipulated in its constitution."
Garzón further remarked on the irony of Assange being persecuted for exposing gross human rights violations, while the perpetrators of these criminal acts remain free.
The full transcript of the interview can be read here.
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