While still in exile at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s diehard supporters are rallying for his pardoned freedom through President-Elect Donald Trump. These supporters claim Assange unveiled the U.S. elite establishment’s “corruption” and therefore must be “honored” as a hero.
The online petition so far has over 5,000 signatures, and growing. They are asking Trump to grant “a presidential pardon” to Assange and clear him of “any crimes alleged against him.”
“Julian Assange has been persecuted and harried by the very people he has sought to expose for their lies and deceptions against the people of the world,” the petition filed on Change.org reads.“Mr. Assange has shone a bright light on the corruption of those who presume to rule us.”
Twitter and Reddit users have been vocalizing the same support. “Julian clearly helped his cause and Trump is a loyal guy (supposedly). Julian is a hero not a criminal,” one Redditor wrote in a forum discussion.
“And while he has the pen in hand, pardon Snowden too. They have both performed a great service to the American People and should be lauded as Heroes. I think a ticker tape parade is in order,” another Reddit user wrote.
Pauline Hanson, the leader of an Australian right-wing populist party, filed her own petition to both her government and the US to “free” Assange. “I hope that in light of his great service towards freedom and truth President-elect Donald Trump will consider granting a full presidential pardon,” Hanson wrote.
More reactions below:
Trump should really pardon Julian Assange. His forcing of transparency and fearlessness may have saved us from Clinton’s WWIII.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) November 9, 2016
I’d be a lot more comfortable with Trump if he pardoned Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and @Snowden
— Samwise Gamgee (@SamRowesHisBoat) November 11, 2016
Trump owes his office to Wikileaks, it will be interesting to see what he does about Assange. A little quid pro quo?? Or was there no deal? https://t.co/MMQK8gYGTS
— Margaret (@MargaretKipp) November 11, 2016
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