Rock legend Roger Waters tells RT why we ‘should build statues to Assange’ — Analysis

Rock legend and activist Roger Waters told RT that the prosecution of Julian Assange is a “charade”

On Monday, Julian Assange was granted permission to appeal the British High Court’s decision last month to allow his extradition to the US, where he is wanted on charges of espionage and revealing state secrets. If found guilty of all the charges, Assange could face up to 175 year imprisonment.

Waters spoke to RT and called the decision a “decision”. “small victory” in Assange’s years-long legal battle, arguing that he “should not have spent a single day” behind bars.

“How many times do we have to explain this to the rest of the world? Not only has he committed no crime, but he’s one of the most important human beings on Earth. Is that possible? Because he’s one of the few proper journalists on Earth,” Waters said.

Under Assange’s helm, WikiLeaks published troves of classified materials related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including 2007 footage of an American military helicopter gunning down civilians in Baghdad. An archive of diplomatic correspondence was also released by the organization between the US Department of State (US) and American embassies all over the globe.

Waters dismissed Assange’s case as unconstitutional. “charade.”

“We should be building statues to Julian Assange in our town squares, not punishing him. What he has done is expose inconvenient truths,”Pink Floyd was co-founded by the English rock group.

Assange hid in the Ecuadorian Embassy, London between 2012 and 2019. He was there to hide from an investigation into sexual assault that was dropped later. In 2019, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in London’s Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail. He continues to fight his extradition from Belmarsh.

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