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Letter to Senator Wyden.

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Well this one is kind of long. There's a reason for that, though. Wyden is still on the SSCI, (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.) Oh, and he recently introduced legislation to reform the espionage act.

Dear Senator Wyden,
I'm writing to you on behalf of Julian Assange. As someone on the Select Committee on Intelligence, I know you're very familiar with the espionage act. In fact I'm aware of the recent legislation you introduced to reform it.
However, I'm writing to ask that you do more. Since you're on the SSCI, you should have a bit more familiarity with the issues surrounding WikiLeaks. You should also be able to work with those who can bring the case to it's end, such as President Biden, and Attorney General Garland. If negotiations fail, you could always speak from the floor about Assange and his plight, and/or ask the committee chairman if he would hold hearings on the case.
You may or may not know that Assange is still being held in the UK maximum security prison, HMP Belmarsh, and has been there for over 3 years. He's currently being held in a 23 hour a day lock-down, basically solitary confinement. He does get visits with his wife, who he married last March, and his children for 2 hours once a week. They get searched by the guards each time they enter the prison.
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 even I know they're never going to follow.
 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 thank you for introducing legislation to reform the espionage act!! However, I believe you definitely can do more to bring about the end of this case that has gone on for 12 years now.

Sincerely, Hope Williamson