Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, called for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be released as he is “unjustly in jail.”
The president confirmed that the Australian activist, who is being held in London’s Belmarsh prison awaiting extradition to the US, is being treated “viciously” for revealing cases of espionage similar to those recently revealed with the Pegasus software.
When speaking about espionage instances in Mexico, López Obrador pointed to Assange, specifically the international investigation that revealed that the government of Enrique Pea Nieto employed a method to try to infect around 15,000 cell phones with this same malware.
“All this has to do with the old regime, they were the practices to have control, to intimidate, to manipulate, to impose themselves; This was a distinctive feature throughout the neoliberal period, practically all governments, even before, but espionage was perfected from a new stage that began with Carlos Salinas, ”the president emphasized.
In this manner, the president compared the recent investigation conducted by various global media outlets to what Julian Assange did with Wikileaks, emphasizing the importance of disclosing this information.
He also emphasized the importance of putting an end to these espionage practices.
“All this must disappear, that is the most important thing, non-repetition, the fact that no one is spied on because nobody should be spied on, opponents must be respected and the intelligence systems have to be oriented towards defense and the protection of the security of the States ”, he mentioned.