The U.S. online activist group RootsAction has sent emails from over 13,000 people to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Washington, D.C. in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request for asylum.
The emails are generated when anyone signs and clicks "Send" on this page
The flood of supportive messages has been publicly noted by the government of Ecuador.
"Sweden has a record of bowing to U.S. pressure, including the handing over of two men to the CIA in 2006 -- leading the U.N. to find Sweden complicit in torture," reads RootsAction's appeal. The WikiLeaks founder faces the possibility of extradition to Sweden from England, and then to the United States from Sweden.
"The United States reportedly has a sealed indictment prepared for Assange, charging him with crimes against 'national security.' The United States has a record of, and an open formal policy of, incarceration without proper trial, solitary confinement and other abusive treatment, and the death penalty. Assange has the international human right to be protected from such a nation and to request asylum elsewhere. Assange, neither charged with nor convicted of any crime, is acting out of fear of our nation's abuses of the rule of law. It is the same fear that has led some of his WikiLeaks colleagues to quit doing the work that has so benefitted the people of our country and the world."
RootsAction is an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing millions of Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection -- and defunding endless wars. Learn more: http://rootsaction.org/about-rootsaction