Podemos shows support for Julian Assange

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Podemos shows support for Julian Assange

REPRESENTATIVES from Spain’s new left-wing party, Podemos, met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to offer its ‘political resources’ to help the whistle-blower resolve his ‘legal limbo’.

The former journalist and hacker was visited by party delegates at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been residing since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden and the United States.

Assange is wanted by Swedish officials in connection to sexual crimes he allegedly committed and could face a US trial for espionage and treason in relation to his former hacking days.

But now an olive branch has been extended by Spain’s newest political force.

Podemos’ EU representative Tania González and party spokesman Íñigo Errejón met with Assange to offer him their support in his legal battle. 

In a statement, Podemos representatives said: “Assange’s situation is an attack on freedom of information and an attack on minimum legal safeguards.

“It reveals the fear of governments who are used to working with their backs to the people, and who are afraid that their practices may be publicized.”

Podemos, were founded in January 2014 and were the surprise package in Spain’s European elections – receiving 1.2 million votes (8% of the total vote) in May.

 

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  1. Podemos will take votes away from PSOE, the same way UKIP will take votes away from the Tories in the UK. Expect to see the PP win next year in Spain, but the Tories to be still the largest party in Westminster (they may bar Scottish MPs to get this).

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