A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he won’t voluntarily travel to the U.S. to face charges against him.
The comment follows a revelation that Assange, who is taking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, was criminally charged under seal for publicizing confidential government information on his site.
“The burden should not shift to Mr. Assange to have to defend against criminal charges when what he has been accused of doing is what journalists do every day,” Barry Pollack, a Washington lawyer for Assange, said.
“They publish truthful information because the public has a right to know and consider that information and understand what its government and institutions are doing,” he continued, adding that he hopes the Ecuadorian Embassy will continue to “comply with its obligations” and won’t revoke his asylum. – READ MORE