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Two Freedom Fighters and Political Prisoners: Assange and Puigdemont.

On 26 March 2018 Julian Assange tweeted out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London the following correct comparison: “In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to be extradited.”

This tweet caused anger not only in Spain but also in Ecuador. The foreign ministry demanded that Assange deletes the tweet, which he refused. Shortly after, the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission cut Assange’s communication with the outside world and prohibited visitors from seeing him.

Since 2012, Assange sought refuge in the embassy, escaping extradition to the US where he expected charges of espionage because of having released so-called secret documents about the crimes committed by the US occupation forces in Iraq and of releasing tons of emails showing how criminal the US government behaves.

Initially, the whole ‘Assange affair’ started with sexual allegations against him, which he apparently committed in Sweden