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Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning!
June 8, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Socialist Equality Party is holding meetings in the UK to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Assange is being held in London’s Belmarsh maximum security prison (known as Britain’s Guantanamo) after being sentenced to 50 weeks imprisonment for a minor bail infringement dating back almost seven years.
In May, Assange was indicted by the US Department of Justice on 17 charges under the 1917 Espionage Act. The new charges make clear that if Assange is extradited to the US from the UK, he faces the rest of his life in prison, or worse. If Assange is convicted on all counts, the sentence could be up to 175 years. Moreover, another grand jury remains empanelled to consider further charges, including potentially those that carry the death penalty.
Manning was jailed again by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia for contempt of court for the second time since March, after she again refused to testify before a grand jury impanelled to bring frame-up charges against Assange.