The Mexican government intends to offer political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, RIA Novosti reported citing a statement by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
On Monday afternoon, the Central Criminal Court in London refused to extradite Assange to the United States. The judge justified the decision with concerns for his mental health. On Wednesday, January 5, it will be decided to release the journalist on bail.
It is noted that the Mexican leader welcomed the decision of British judges, calling it a triumph of justice.
“I will ask the foreign minister to prepare the appropriate documents to ask Britain for the possibility of releasing Senor Assange, to whom Mexico will grant political asylum,” Obrador said.
Julian Assange gained fame for his materials exposing illegal U.S. actions during military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The journalist disclosed data about the killing of civilians during military operations, as well as revealed the truth about the conditions of detention in the U.S. prison Guantanamo Bay.
Until April 2019, he hid for seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was detained on warrants for failing to appear in court, as well as at the demands of Swedish and U.S. authorities.
On May first of last year, Assange was sentenced to 11 months and two weeks in jail for violating his bail conditions. After that, U.S. authorities charged the WikiLeaks founder with espionage and revealing classified data, for which he could face up to 175 years in prison.