Free Julian Assange!

After more than five years in prison, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and an award-winning Australian journalist, was released from London’s Belmarsh maximum-security prison after pleading guilty to a single charge under the US Espionage Act.

Assange’s only “crime” was the publication of documents exposing the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of US imperialism and its allies.

For over a decade, the US, British and Australian governments, with the shameless support of the media and the establishment political parties and trade unions, presided over a relentless campaign of persecution against the journalist. This has involved fabricated allegations of sexual assault and personal slander, conspiracy and spying, and attempts to silence and isolate all those who defend him.

The World Socialist Web Site fought against these allegations to secure Assange’s freedom. Below is a selection of some of the thousands of articles, detailing the events in Assange’s persecution, along with the campaigns and exposures the WSWS carried out in defense of Assange and in opposition to imperialist war.

Julian Assange [Photo by David G. Silvers, Cancillería del Ecuador / CC BY-SA 2.0]

Julian Assange arrives in Australia free

In a press conference, Stella Assange hailed a global support movement for creating the conditions for Assange's freedom, while warning of an ongoing assault on press freedom that had to be fought.

Oscar Grenfell

Julian Assange is free, but the struggle to defend democratic rights continues

On Monday, Julian Assange walked out of the UK’s Belmarsh Prison a free man, following five years of imprisonment and nearly 15 years of persecution by a cabal of imperialist governments led by the United States which hounded him for exposing their crimes.

Statement of the World Socialist Web Site editorial board
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