Snowden Recalled The UN Statements On Assange Detention
Former Intelligence Community officer Edward Snowden recalled the decisions of UN experts calling the possible detention of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a violation of human rights.
Important background for journalists covering the arrest of Julian #Assange by Ecuador: the United Nations formally ruled his detention to be arbitrary, a violation of human rights. They have repeatedly issued statements calling for him to walk free–including very recently,” Snowden wrote on his Twitter.
Earlier it was reported that Ecuador decided to refuse Assange in granting diplomatic asylum because of repeated violations of international conventions.
London police said on Thursday that Assange was arrested on a warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 29, 2012 for failing to appear in court.
Assange gained fame in connection with a number of publications, including on US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and on the conditions of detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. In 2010, the founder of WikiLeaks, when the American authorities became interested in them, came to Sweden, where he intended to get protection, but was soon accused of sex crimes, denying any involvement in it.
A Swedish court put him on the international wanted list, after which Assange was detained in London, but soon released on bail. Since 2012, he has been hiding in the Embassy of Ecuador in the British capital.