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Second letter to Home Secritary Patel.

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Well, now that she actually has the case, I thought I would write one more email. This is exactly what I did, kind of. I used a form letter.. Here it is.

Dear Secretary Patel Madam Secretary, I wrote you a while back, to urge you to reject the US extradition order. Now that you actually have the case, I want to respectfully ask you to do so again. If you decide to send him here, Julian, who has two young kids, could face a 175 year prison sentence. Simply for the fact that he received and published truthful information that revealed US war crimes. Judge Vanessa Baraitser previously ruled "it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America". She made this decision for mental health reasons. Amnesty International states that “Were Julian Assange to be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, Britain would be in breach of its obligations under international law.” Human Rights Watch published an article saying, “The only thing standing between an Assange prosecution and a major threat to global media freedom is Britain. It is urgent that it defend the principles at risk.” The NUJ has stated that the “US charges against Assange pose a huge threat, one that could criminalize the critical work of investigative journalists & their ability to protect their sources”. Julian will not survive extradition to the United States. He had a stroke back in October, on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing. he's also a major risk for suicide, and says that if an order is given for his extradition, he would kill himself. The UK is required under its international obligations to stop the extradition. Article 4 of the UK-US extradition treaty must be enforced, which prohibits extradition for political offences. The decision to either Free Assange, and send him home to his family, or to extradite him rests with you. You can, and you must save Julian Assange's life. I'm asking you to do something that won't soon be forgotten by the world. I firmly believe that you will stand on the right side of history, if you decide to reject the extradition order, and free Julian Assange, sending him home to his family, so that he can receive medical treatment. Sincerely Hope Williamson