WikiLeaks Says 300 Doctors Demand Julian Assange's Release

WikiLeaks Says 300 Doctors Demand Julian Assange’s Release

WikiLeaks claimed on Monday that more than 300 doctors signed an agreement. open letter called for the release of its founder, Julian Assange. Still, the list of signatories read, “Dr. Boner 69.”

The online leaker is urging healthcare professionals from more than 35 countries this week to both the US and UK governments for the release of Assange, who has been held in London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison since 2019 when he was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. He stated that he had filed a petition. .

In a WikiLeaks tweet, “Julian Assange begins the 10th day of 24-hour isolation after testing positive for #COVID19, with more than 300 doctors calling for the UK Home Secretary and US Attorney General for Assange’s immediate release and highlighting the dire threats to his health.”

Compiled by the organization”Doctors for AssangeWhile the open letter quotes doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others in the medical field, WikiLeaks compares the custody and treatment of its founder to “psychological torture.”

“As healthcare professionals, we have an ethical obligation to condemn and end torture wherever we see it,” the letter states. “This is why we have called for an end to the persecution of Julian Assange since our founding three years ago, and we call for an end to his extradition once and for all.”

Assange’s case has been criticized by journalists and press freedom groups, as well as a UN torture envoy, who is battling extradition to the United States over accusations over WikiLeaks publishing classified military records and diplomatic correspondence.

Despite the letter’s concerns, WikiLeaks appears to have made little effort to verify the legitimacy of the signatories.

The list of names publicly viewable on the Doctors for Assange website contains many names that appear to be linked to legitimate doctors. Others, however, claim that their profession belongs to those whose work has had little impact on Assange’s health.

In a statement to the Daily Dot, Doctors for Assange said it manually validates each entry and asks signatories for more information as needed.

“It’s a time-consuming process, so the official number is over 300, not about 400 as shown on our website.”

But so-called dentists, midwives, chiropractors and self-identified “visionaries” can be found everywhere. Even one signer doesn’t seem to have a medical background and instead lists their job as “film director and screenwriter.”

Numerous signatures that appear to have been added by trolls reveal that anyone can add an entry without needing to verify their status as a medical professional.

Entry 362 is attributed to none other than NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Below the section where so-called doctors are asked to write down their specialty, such as cardiologist or neurosurgeon, youtube video Instead, a Vine clip was added showing the famous “Look at All Those Chickens” video.

Entry 357, Dr. It is for a doctor allegedly based in Vietnam known as Boner 69. The doctor’s expertise is listed as “No validation”, a clear reference to the topics on the list.

Other entries include Dr. Octopus, better known as Marvel Comics’ Doctor Octopus. Otto Gunther Octavius ​​and Dr. It uses the names of famous fictional characters such as Gregory House.

Despite dozens of fake names appearing, Doctors Assange member Prof. Thomas G. Schulze celebrated the list of more than 400 names on Tuesday.

“At @Doctors4Assange we have over 400 signatories right now. Thank you to everyone who joined us,” he said. “Thanks to everyone who shouted out loud: #FreeJulianAssange! If you haven’t joined yet, join now at https://doctorsforassange.org!”

Although only medical professionals are required to sign on the website’s application form, the Daily Dot was able to confirm that any name could be included with a completely fictitious email address.

More than 50 of the entries appear to be clearly fake, while the other nine are linked to those without any medical training or affiliation.

It remains unclear whether the addition of the letter, along with forged signatures, will have any impact on Assange’s situation. The Daily Dot reached out to the UK Home Office as well as the Ministry of Justice to ask if the letter had been read, but did not receive a timely response from the press.

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*First Released: October 18, 2022, 16:09 CDT

Michael Thalen

Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based technology and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers and more.

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