The Fate of Julian Assange

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readJan 20, 2021

After failing to secure a pardon from Trump, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange remains in peril of extradition and trial in the U.S.

A demonstrator attaches a protest sign in front of the Old Bailey, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being held. (Photo: Henry Nicholls)

On Monday night’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Pamela Anderson pleaded with President Trump to show his commitment to free speech by granting Assange a pardon before leaving office.

It was well known that President Trump planned to issue between 50 and 100 commutations and pardons before the end of his term. However, sources told Fox News that Julian Assange was not expected to make the list.

Anderson said the pardon decision represented a “defining moment for the president.”

“The entire world wants, or most want him to pardon Julian Assange,” Anderson told Carlson. “This is his time to shine and really make an impression on the world. If this goes to trial, that’s the end of the First Amendment.”

“He needs to do the right thing. This is one of those moments in history, in his lifetime, where he can make the right decision,” she continued. “He would really gain a huge following and a huge sigh of relief and gratefulness from so many people on the planet.”

“Julian is so important to free speech. He’s a free speech hero,” she added.

Carlson himself devoted part of his show to urging Trump to “defend the Bill of Rights” by pardoning Assange.

Trump “can achieve a major victory for the principles that this country was founded on and make it a good place to live,” Carlson said. “The first one of those is freedom of the press, freedom of speech. It doesn’t matter. It’s still true and we should pardon Julian Assange.”

Five Noble Prize winners also urged Trump to offer a pardon to Julian Assange, asking him to “put a defining stamp on [his] presidential legacy.”

Human rights activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, northern Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire, feminist campaigner Rigoberta Menchú, Iranian political activist Shirin Ebadi and Austrian novelist Peter Handke all signed a letter to Trump in support of Assange.

“We write to request that you put a defining stamp on your presidential legacy by pardoning Julian Assange or stopping his extradition,” they wrote. “Assange has fought for truth and…