I wouldn’t presume to advise Julian Assange on a course of action. Only he and his legal team can make an informed judgement.
One thing I know is that the US Federal government can impose the death penalty. For many years I have campaigned on behalf of prisoners on death row in America. I know how many miscarriages of justice take place. This is one of the reasons I have been campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty in the USA and throughout the world.
If one looks at the trial of Bradley Manning, which has been an appalling mockery of the judicial process, one can understand Julian Assange’s concern. He fears that justice will not be served if he is extradited to the United States.
I am at the Rio+20 Summit. But I felt it was important to post a statement in response to all the media requests I have received.