Christophe Marchand, a Belgian human rights lawyer who is on Assange’s international team, said on Tuesday he believed Assange has a strong case to resist extradition to the US, on the grounds that “no fair trial in the US is possible”.
“If he sets one foot on US territory he is not going to be allowed to leave,” Marchand said. “It’s a question of revenge. The US wants to show the world if you do [what Assange did] you will pay with your life, you will be a living dead person.”
Wikileaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson drew a comparison between Assange’s case and the recent raids on Australian media by federal police, saying they were “part of a systemic attack on investigative journalism”.