[cryptome] [WIKILEAKS] Super-Judge Baltasar Garzon to lead WikiLeaks legal strategy

  • From: John Young <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:21:24 -0400

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:08:04 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [WIKILEAKS] Super-Judge Baltasar Garzon to lead WikiLeaks legal strategy

The Spanish judge, lawyer, and international jurist, Baltasar Garzon, will lead the legal team representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

The jurist met with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom recently. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the new legal strategy which will defend both WikiLeaks and Julian Assange from the existing abuse of process; expose the arbitrary, extrajudicial actions by the international financial system which target Julian Assange and WikiLeaks specifically; and show how the secret US processes against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have compromised and contaminated other legal processes, including the extradition process against Mr Assange.

Despite been imprisoned, fiscally blockaded, and placed under house arrest for over 650 days, Mr. Assange has not been charged with an offense in any country.

Baltasar Garzon revolutionized the international justice system two decades ago by issuing an international arrest warrant for the former Head of State of Chile, Augusto Pinochet. His actions spearheaded the fight against impunity in Latin America and in the rest of the world.

The judge has expressed serious concerns regarding the lack of safeguards and transparency whith which actions are being taken against Julian Assange, and the harassment he is being subjected to which has irreparable effects on his physical and mental wellbeing. The threats against his person are further aggravated by the complicit behaviour of the Swedish and U.K. governments, who are wrongfully abrogating his rights.

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