In a letter to Biden, the President of Mexico renews his offer to grant asylum to Assange

The Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he had sent a letter to US President Joe Biden defending Julian Assange’s innocence and renewing an earlier offer of asylum to the WikiLeaks founder.

The UK agreed last month to extradite Assange to the United States to face criminal charges related to WikiLeaks’ release of classified US military records and diplomatic cables.

“I left a message to the president about Assange explaining that he didn’t commit any serious crime, didn’t cause anyone’s death, didn’t violate any human rights, that he exercised his freedom and that his arrest would be a permanent affront to freedom of expression,” Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference.

Lopez Obrador said earlier this year that he had also offered Assange asylum in a letter to former US President Donald Trump before leaving office and again at the start of Biden’s presidency in 2021.

Last month, López Obrador called Assange “the best journalist of our time”.

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