Nevada City, CA — A group of Nevada City, California activists are celebrating tonight after they have successfully lobbied the city council to grant Wikileaks founder and chief spokesman Julian Assange political asylum in the town. After over 3 months of protests outside the City Hall chambers, members of the local chapter of “Free Assange Now” movement or FAN managed to get their local government to consider the ordinance.
“This is a great achievement for FAN and lovers of government transparency everywhere,” said local FAN leader and community activist Sairhra Ramun via her bullhorn on Broad Street. “We have shown the world that the people still matter. Elites and cronies everywhere should be very afraid.”
Julian Assange is an Australian computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He is editor-in-chief of the organization WikiLeaks, which he founded in 2006. In 2010, the United States government investigated several of Mr. Assange’s “leaks” and requested that several allied nations help in prosecuting him. Because of concerns that he would be extradited to the United States or Sweden, the later where he still have to face arguable rape charges, Assange sought and was granted Asylum a the Ecuador Embassy in London where he has been in hiding. Since then, many groups have sought to provide him safe travel to political havens throughout the world. Nevada City is the first place to not only approve, but also fund his travel to the small, former gold rush town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
In what appears to be related news, Mr. Assange and his Wikileaks organization have been accused of tampering with the November 8th Presidential election in the United States. Some have charged that this was a not-so-obvious attempt to pander to Donald Trump for a pardon.
“Well it seems perfectly clear to most of us in the field that Mr. Assange placed his bets on Trump to win,” said Professor James Badwater of the University of Chicago. “And he won. And now it seems he’s looking for some help from the President-elect in the form of a pardon, even though he hasn’t been convicted nor charged with anything yet.”
According to Wikileaks, the organization did indeed reach out to the Trump transition team this week.
“Through US counsel, we had reached out to the Obama administration, most recently just a few months ago, and we will continue to do so with future US administrations until the investigation is closed,” say attorney Jennifer Robinson, who is representing Mr. Assange. “It is important to remember that he has never been charged and has already been cleared once by the previous prosecutor. And we are happy that Progressive places like Nevada City are willing to protect this hero of freedom.”
According to the Nevada City ordinance, the city will pay for his flight out of the United Kingdom, and house the controversial figure in an “undisclosed safe house” until “which time that the United States government pardons or dismisses his investigation.”