Julian Assange wrote a letter to French President Hollande asking to be given asylum in the country against persecution from the US to which President Hollande has simply refused to accede.
It was only a few days ago that Julian Assange blew another whistle. He disclosed an extensive US agency’s NSA spying operation on French President Hollande and his commissaries. While US has assured the French government that no such operation exists and that both countries remain strong allies. There has been an upheaval in the French government.
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Meanwhile Julian Assange is having problems of his own. Wanted by the Swedish authorities for questioning regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct while he was in the country in 2010. Assange is threatened in his current refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in England. Ecuador has also offered the Australian journalist asylum in the country but Assange seems to have other hopes.
He recently wrote a letter to the President Hollande which has also been published in the French newspaper Le Monde, asking the President to give him asylum in France. He said that under the safety laws for protecting journalists and whistleblowers that were working for the country, President Hollande will be doing a humanitarian effort by granting him asylum.
Assange detailed his problem to President Hollande; he said that he is wanted by Swedish authorities for crimes that he did not commit and they have not yet proven any allegations. He fears that these are attempts to acquit him by the US whom he had made a target of his revelations numerous times and was wanted now by both US and UK.
Despite his pleas and request, President Hollande said no to Assange’s letter. The French government office said that it had reviewed the request and decided not to grant Mr Assange asylum.
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Although there have been rumors that some political leaders were in favor of granting Mr. Assange asylum on the basis of the service he had done to the country of France by revealing the US spying conspiracy against French government. The President himself said no to Assange’s letter so it seems he might be at the Ecuadorian embassy a little while longer.