Hollywood actor asks Britain not to extradite Julian Assange — RT World News

John Malkovich says he doesn’t believe a US trial of WikiLeaks founder would be fair

Oscar-nominated American actor John Malkovich called on the UK government to « revisithis decision to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. In a self-recorded video address, published by WikiLeaks on Friday, Malkovich revealed that he did not expect a fair hearing on the Assange case in the United States, where the journalist faces up to 175 years in prison for publication of classified documents.

« In the case of Julian Assange, I really hope that the British government will reconsider its position on his extradition to America, because I do not believe in any way that there can be a fair trial », he said. he adds. Malkovic said.

He pointed out that if Western governments “were more honest and open about their actions and activities,” journalists like Assange would probably not be needed. However, in the actor’s opinion, this is not the case and governments are not being honest « about many, many things. »

“And for me it is quite important to know what is being done in my name and that is why I urge the UK government to review this decision,said the ‘Being John Malkovich’ star.

In expressing his support for Assange, Malkovich joined several other celebrities, including Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, actress Pamela Anderson and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Assange has been a target for the United States since 2010, when WikiLeaks released a trove of classified documents detailing alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has since been charged with conspiracy to hack into Pentagon computers and is charged under the US Espionage Act.

A British court initially refused to hand Assange over to the United States, fearing he would be subjected to inhumane treatment. Later, however, Washington succeeded in convincing the British judges that the rights of the journalist would be respected. In June, then Home Secretary Priti Patel approved Assange’s extradition. He appealed the decision.

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