Freedom of speech is at stake – the former president of Brazil opposed the USA in the Assange case

It was thanks to Julian Assange that the Brazilians learned that the 2016 state revolution was planned by Washington for the oil fields.

This was told by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as President of Brazil from 2002 to 2010.

In his article for The Guardian, the politician called on the international community to secure Julian Assange’s release. As you know, the British court is now deciding on the extradition of the creator of WikiLeaks to the United States, where he will be imprisoned for 175 years.

“We must prevent this outrage. I call on all those committed to freedom of speech in all corners of the world to join me in the international effort to protect Assange and to demand his immediate release”, –  said da Silva. – “This is the first time in US history that a journalist has been charged under the Espy Act with publishing truthful information. But the world knows that Assange has never spy on the US.”

The politician recalled that Washington wants to take revenge on Assange for uncovering the atrocities and war crimes of the US during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. It was Assange who released the video footage of the U.S. military on a helicopter from which they deliberately targeted civilians on the streets of Baghdad.

“In addition, the Brazilians are in debt to Assange”, –  stressed the former president.

The fact is that Assange has published records of conversations between US Department of State officials and Brazilian politicians who will later overthrow Dilme Roussef’s government. As it turned out, this adventure was planned by Washington to take over the Brazilian oil fields.

All people and organisations committed to freedom of speech, not just the mainstream media with whom WikiLeaks shared Washington’s secrets, now have an important task: to demand the immediate release of Assange.

“We know that the charges against Assange constitute a direct attack on the rights of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of the press and freedom of expression. We know that treaties between the US and the UK prohibit the extradition of persons accused of political crimes”, –  said da Silva. – “However, the risks that Assange will be extradited are real. Those who believe in democracy cannot allow a person who has made an important contribution to the fight for freedom to be punished for it. I repeat, Assange is a champion of democracy and he should be released immediately.”