December 5 According to foreign media reports, Snowden, a former contractor employee of the National Security Agency, posted an article on a social networking website on US President Trump to pardon Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
Snowden told Trump, “Please restore Assange’s freedom. Only you can save his life.
Assange founded the “WikiLeaks” website in 2006. In 2010, the website published a large number of secret documents of the U.S. government about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Assange faces 18 criminal charges by the U.S. government, including hacking into government computer systems and violating anti-espionage laws.
In the same year, Assange was charged with sexual harassment and rape of two women while in Sweden, which was investigated by Swedish prosecutors. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled in 2012 that Assange could be extradited to Sweden. Fearing that Sweden would extradite itself to the United States, Assange went to the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom to seek political asylum.
Ecuador stopped providing diplomatic asylum to Assange on April 11, 2019, and British London police arrested him at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
At the end of May, the United States filed 17 charges against Assange’s laws related to counter-espionage and disclosure of secret information, and as well as previous allegations of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, Assange faced a maximum of 175 years in prison.
The Central Criminal Court in London, England, will sentence on whether to extradite Assange to the United States on January 4, 2021. But his lawyer Robinson believes that the Assange proceedings will last for many years, and the January 4 sentence is only the beginning.