Over 14,000 of you asked Ecuador to grant asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.  That nation’s embassy in Washington publicly and favorably acknowleged your support, and yesterday Ecuador’s government granted asylum.

Let’s thank Ecuador.  Please forward to your friends asking them to do the same.

The UK has threatened to raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange is now.  This would violate an inviolable international standard.  The BBC reported last night that Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, “said the UK would not allow Mr. Assange safe passage out of the country.”

Let’s shame the British government for doing the bidding of our own government.

We don’t know the facts behind the sexual assault accusations against Assange and can take no position on them.  We take sexual assault seriously.  But the WikiLeaks leader is seeking protection from the United States, not Sweden.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offered to go to Sweden — if Sweden would not extradite him to the United States on “espionage” charges — and Sweden refused.  Assange has not been charged with any crime in any country. Persecution for acts of journalism must be prevented, and you are doing your part.  Ecuador deserves the world’s thanks, and the UK our outrage.

RootsAction is becoming a force to be reckoned with, and there are two things you can do to expand our collective power.

1) Forward this email to everyone you know with a note encouraging them to join us, perhaps by signing our petition to NBC opposing its new War-o-Tainment show.

2) Help fund our very small staff with whatever amount you can afford to contribute.

There are few U.S.-based organizations that can be relied on to push in a principled manner for peace and justice regardless of which political party is in power, and to do so effectively.  RootsAction is beginning to fill that gap.  Can you help keep us alive and growing?

— The RootsAction team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, and many others.

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