The plea which you kindly signed calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury to use his moral influence to bring about liberation of Julian Assange from Belmarsh prison was delivered to Lambeth Palace in London last November 29. On December 12, Lambeth Palace acknowledged reception of the letter in the attached message, which appears to be addressed to all the letter’s signatories.
Elections held that same day leave scant hope for political intervention on behalf of Julian Assange. This enforces our belief that this issue must be urgently addressed on purely moral and humanitarian grounds. As Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has been entrusted by the Church of England with a moral authority which we invite him to exercise.
On behalf of the Archbishop, the Lambeth Palace Correspondence Officer Dominic Goodall writes that: “For him not to speak out about an issue does not necessarily mean that it is not of concern to him, but the context and opportunity must be right if any intervention is to be effective.”
For our part, with due respect, we believe that the Christmas season provides an eminently appropriate “context” and “opportunity” for the Christian Church of England to demonstrate human kindness by speaking out on behalf of a political prisoner who is being treated more harshly than the worst of criminals. Julian Assange is fervently admired worldwide for his courageous commitment to speaking truth. His life is at stake, and also at stake is any remnant of the United Kingdom’s reputation as land of respect for individual rights and freedoms. The world watches and cares.
If you care to follow up with your own message to Lambeth Palace, please note the addresses on the message below from Lambeth Palace.
Diana Johnstone, Paris, France, [email protected]
Below is the message from Lambeth Palace
Subject: 60053 Your letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury
Date: 12 December 2019 at 13:21:26 CET
Dear Ms Johnstone and Mr Müller,
Thank you for your recent letter addressed to the Archbishop of Canterbury,