DECEMBER 9, 2022
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House Resolution Calls for Dropping Charges Against Julian Assange, Citing First Amendment Protections

House Resolution Calls for Dropping Charges Against Julian Assange, Citing First Amendment Protections

Last month, a resolution was introduced in the House urging the United States to dismiss charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The resolution, presented by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), asserts that regular journalistic activities, including the acquisition and dissemination of information, are protected under the First Amendment. The bill advocates for the abandonment of all charges and extradition attempts against Assange, who faces a potential sentence of up to 175 years in prison if convicted for journalism exposing US war crimes.

Currently held in London's Belmarsh Prison since 2019, Assange's upcoming hearing at the UK High Court on February 20 and 21 holds significant implications for his potential extradition to the US. This hearing is widely regarded as his final opportunity to appeal the extradition. In anticipation of these crucial proceedings, supporters of WikiLeaks and Assange are mobilizing, calling on Americans to contact their House representatives and encourage them to endorse Rep. Gosar's resolution.

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On this day, 2004, the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, under the control of American forces, was attacked without clear reason, leading to the death of 22 detainees. During the American invasion of Iraq, military personnel and CIA forces committed numerous human rights violations against detainees, including physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, and murder. 

في مثل هذا اليوم من عام 2004، تعرضت السجن المشهور أبو غريب، تحت سيطرة القوات الأمريكية، لهجوم دون سبب واضح، مما أدى إلى مقتل 22 معتقلاً. خلال الغزو الأمريكي للعراق، ارتكب الشخصيات العسكرية وقوات وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية العديد من انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان ضد المعتقلين، بما في ذلك الإيذاء الجسدي والجنسي، والتعذيب، والاغتصاب، والقتل. 

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