In a message posted on Facebook, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain Robert Griffiths commented on the extradition ban ruling made by a London court yesterday. The message reads:
"The Communist Party and all supporters of investigative journalism and democratic freedoms will welcome the court ruling today banning the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
Unfortunately, the judgment concentrates on questions of Mr Assange's health, instead of opposing in principle the vicious attempts by US authorities to punish him for exposing atrocities carried by US military personnel and others in the Middle East, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.
Any appeal against the extradition ban should be treated with the contempt it deserves and Assange should be released from prison immediately."