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Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby

It’s the season for pardons as the Trump presidency nears its end. The American president enjoys at least two unconstrained prerogatives: making war, and pardoning the accused or convicted. The blameless Thanksgiving turkey traditionally receives the first ceremonial pardon, then the president favours any human ‘turkeys’ he likes. He can, and should, pardon Julian Assange.

During his election campaign, Trump professed his ‘love’ of Wikileaks for leaking Hillary Clinton’s emails. Regardless of that, Assange deserves our support for the exposure of American war crimes. And Trump denounced America’s ‘stupid wars’ and spoke the truth about the lies Bush used to ‘justify’ the destruction of Iraq and consequent destabilisation of the Middle East. Where there is truth there is hope.

The Democrats are likely to press hard for Assange’s extradition and effective death penalty – out of sheer vengeance. Trump has a great chance to dignify his exit and show a more compassionate side of America by pardoning Julian Assange. And incidentally to deliver a final snub to Biden – that should appeal.

Write to Trump by snail mail at: The White House / 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW / Washington, DC 20500 / USA or type ‘Write or Call the White House’ into your search bar. A contact page opens and there’s a link to an email form to send email directly from the contact page. It might be Julian Assange’s best hope for justice.

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