Labour Party chief says UK should oppose Assange extradition

Labour Party chief says UK should oppose Assange extradition
Julian Assange hace señas a su llegada al Tribunal de Magistrados de Westminster, en Londres, después de que agentes lo sacaran de la embajada ecuatoriana y lo arrestaran, el jueves 11 de abril de 2019. (Victoria Jones/PA vía AP)

LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party says the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC on Friday that the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds. Assange was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Abbott says the U.S. case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.”

She says Assange is “a whistleblower, and much of the information that he brought into the public domain, it could be argued, was very much in the public interest.”