President López Obrador said that the Statue of Liberty should be dismantled in the US if Assange is convicted of the WikiLeaks case.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday that if Julian Assange is convicted in the United States for the WikiLeaks case, a campaign should be launched to dismantle the Statue of Liberty in New York because that country would have lost its identity.
In a press conference from the National Palace, the federal president affirmed that a conviction against the journalist would mean a loss of the symbolism that the effigy represents and considered that the media should call a large concentration to demand the activist’s pardon.
“A few days ago I released a New York Times report talking about the super cop, Genaro García Luna, and it is the New York Times, and the Financial Times does the same, and The Wall Street Journal, and we are all talking Of this Assange thing, isn’t it worthwhile for the New York Times to deal with the matter, El País and to convene a meeting of the most important press in the world to exhort, request, call, so that a pardon be granted to Assange?
“If they don’t do it, they will be tarnished and we will have to start the campaign that if they take him to the US, and sentence him to the maximum sentence and die in prison, they will have to dismantle the Statue of Liberty that the French delivered and that is in New York because it is no longer a symbol of freedom”, launched the head of the Mexican Republic.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face criminal charges.
US authorities are seeking Assange on 18 charges, including espionage, in connection with WikiLeaks’ publication of large amounts of confidential US military documents and diplomatic cables that Washington says have put lives in danger.
López Obrador commented that he will ask his US counterpart, Joe Biden, to review the case of Australian journalist Julian Assange, whom the US authorities seek to prosecute for the serious revelations on his WikiLeaks website.
“I want to state that I am going to ask President Biden to address this matter, I am aware that it goes against the severe hardliners that exist in the United States as in all countries, but humanism must also prevail,” he said.
On other occasions, AMLO has indicated that he is willing to grant Assange Mexican nationality. However, he recalled that in the neighboring country the presidents have the power that, through a decree, prisoners can be released or pardoned.