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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is facing possible extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on espionage charges and could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

    Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters is performing the legendary song "Wish You Were Here" outside the UK Home Office in London in support of imprisoned whistle-blower Julian Assange.

    Waters has been a vocal supporter of Wikileaks, with the Pink Floyd co-founder saying he was "ashamed to be an Englishman" due to Assange's arrest.

    Assange was arrested in London in April 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital. 

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    • Roger Waters performs in support of Julian Assange outside UK Home Office in London
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      People attend Roger Waters' performance in support of Julian Assange in London
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    People prior to the performance of Roger Waters in London

    A month later, he was sentenced to 11 months in prison for breaching bail conditions. He is potentially facing extradition to the US, where he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after his whistleblowing website WikiLeaks revealed classified documents exposing alleged US abuses of power and war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Assange Imprisoned for Telling the Truth - MP

    Speaking at the demo in support of Assange, MP Chris Williamson has criticised the UK government for imprisoning Julian Assange.

    "They're claiming to stand up for human rights, and yet, we’ve incarcerated this man in Belmarsh Prison—a high-security prison—for what? For telling the truth!"

    He further added that it's "important that we have people like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning."

    He opined that some representatives of the UK political elite "are locked in the orbit of the United States."

    The British politician said he hoped that an eventual change of government will lead to Julian Assange being released into freedom "because we should be championing and venerating him, not having to gather here today to protest his incarceration."

     

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    U.S, extradition, Pink Floyd, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, U.K
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