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Two MPs from Germany's Left party call on May to oppose Julian Assange's extradition to US

by Phil Miller at the Ecuadorian embassy

TWO MPs from Germany’s Left party called on Prime Minister Theresa May today to oppose Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States.

Visiting the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen also demanded that the government allow Mr Assange safe passage to Ecuador, where he was granted asylum six years ago.

The two German legislators, who sit on the Bundestag’s influential foreign affairs committee, decided to visit Mr Assange after reports emerged that he could soon be forced to leave the embassy.

The parliamentarians discussed the situation with him and looked at ideas for a humanitarian solution.

Ecuador’s new right-wing President Lenin Moreno is attempting to withdraw the political asylum granted to Mr Assange six years ago by his predecessor, leftwinger Rafael Correa.

Mr Assange risks extradition to the US, where he could face life imprisonment for publishing confidential US documents.

In a joint statement, the pair praised him for “bringing to light the war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and the illegal activities of the secret services, particularly the CIA.”

They added: “He has opened our eyes to how dirty and bloody these wars were and are, and how much we have been deceived by our governments.”

Ms Dagdelen, deputy chair of the Left’s parliamentary group, said: “Julian Assange’s security and health are in danger after six years of asylum at the embassy.

“Mr Assange urgently needs to be allowed to leave his exile in the Ecuadorean embassy for a country that is safe for him.

“I appeal to the Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno and to the British Prime Minister Theresa May to lend their support to a solution.

“It is those who commit and are responsible for war crimes who should be tried, not those who expose them.”

The parliamentarians were joined on their visit by Mr Assange’s father John, who said his son “suffers terribly” from the isolation regime imposed on him inside the embassy.

He also said there was little prospect of his family being allowed to visit over Christmas.

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