I asked for the extradition of Pinochet, who had been investigated and charged with… genocide, torture, serious breaches of human rights… Assange is having a fundamental right breached too — freedom of expression — and that is why he has been granted political asylum. (Judge Baltasar Garzón)
The paths of Julian Assange and Baltasar Garzón have become curiously intertwined. Two global personages, rebuked for accusing powerful actors of egregious rights violations, abandoned by their home governments and up against a mountain of politicized charges. Both men, intriguing personalities, stand at the middle of controversies much larger than themselves, but also deeply personal, speaking truth to power while struggling with their own derailed lives. Somehow, their alliance—with Garzón now leading Assange’s defense—seems to reflect its own conspiracy of justice.
Those suspicious of the association have assailed Garzón for taking an untenable contradictory position: resisting Assange’s extradition from the UK…
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