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    Julian Assange has signed a letter condemning Obama's executive order against Venezuela | Photo: Reuters

Published 18 April 2015

Julian Assange has joined a range of other prominent Australians in condemning the sanctions on Venezuela.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has added his name to a growing list of Australian journalists, academics, politicians, trade unionists and solidarity activists calling on U.S. president Barack Obama to revoke his executive order against Venezuelan .

On March 9, Obama issued the order which imposed sanctions on a number of Venezuelan state officials and deemed Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

In response, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne), with the support of the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network, initiated an open letter to Obama.

The letter has over 70 signatories, including Assange, renowned journalists John Pilger and Antony Loewenstein, Greens senator Lee Rhiannon, two socialist local councillors, officials from four different trade unions, academics from ten universities, and representatives from a range of political parties and solidarity organisations.

The letter urges the U.S. president to revoke the executive order and “stop interfering in Venezuela’s domestic affairs and cease making reckless public statements regarding Venezuela’s democratic processes.”

It also encourages Obama to “demonstrate to Latin America that the U.S. is capable of establishing relations based on the principles of peace and with respect for their sovereignty.”

Obama’s recent actions have seen relations continue to sour between the U.S. and the rest of the Americas. At the recent Summit of the Americas, held in Panama April 10-11, numerous regional heads of states expressed their support for Venezuela and called on Obama to revoke the executive order.

Adding Assange's name substantially weakens the argument. Bad idea.
Assange is wrong. Obama's response was mild considering what Maduro & Cuba have done in Venezuela. The sanctions against certain individuals makes a point it seems many other countries receiving bargain priced oil from Venezuela are reluctant to make.
Assange is mistaken on this issue. The sanctions do not affect Venezuelan internal affairs. They interfere with drugs being smuggled into the US and of a freeze on money laundering coming in to the US from Venezuela. The US should protect itself.
Obamas order is not against Venezuela it is against 7 individuals so assange you only have discredited yourself you are no longer trusted to be truthful
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