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Letter to Senator Jeff Merkley, regarding Julian Assange.

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Dear Senator Merkley, I'm writing to you on behalf of Julian Assange. I'm asking that you work with the Biden administration to bring about an end to his case here in the US, by dropping all the charges against him. I'm also asking that if negotiations are unsuccessful, , you speak on the Senate floor on his behalf. It should be stated that Assange has been held in the UK maximum security prison, HMP Belmarsh, for over 3 years now, in what amounts to solitary confinement. In other words, locked down 23 hours a day. His wife and children only get to see him for two hours each week. They have to be searched by the guards each time they go into the prison, including the kids. On January 4th, 2021, a UK Judge, Vanessa baraitser, denied the US request for extradition on mental health grounds. She ruled that it would be oppressive to extradite Julian Assange given his suicide risk, and the inability to have visits with his family if he were sent here. Unfortunately for some reason, the DOJ appealed, and they won that appeal, based on assurances that you and I both know aren't worth the paper they're written on. During the appeal hearing last October Assange had a TIA, (a small stroke,) because of the stress of the case. Julian Assange has one appeal left. This is called a cross appeal. This allows his team to argue the grounds that Judge Baraitser ruled against before. However, litigating this could take another year. I believe that you Senator Merkley, have an opportunity to make a difference in the case of Julian Assange. It may be possible for you to do this by holding hearings on the case. . If you decide to do these things, I believe history will judge you kindly. Sincerely, Hope Williamson