UPDATED 9:40 AM PT – Thursday, September 15, 2022
On Wednesday, Mexican officials honored WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. They honored him by gifting Assange symbolic keys to Mexico City. They were presented during a tribute in recognition of Assange.
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The city council only hands out this honor to people they consider to be distinguished visitors. Assange’s family accepted the accolade on his behalf due to this current imprisonment. His father, John Shipton spoke about the honor that was bestowed upon his son.
“It moved us almost to tears the generosity and the substance, the gifts of the keys to the city of Mexico,” he said. “This is as if Mexico City, like a mother hen, takes her cheeks under her wings to protect them.”
Mexico’s President offered asylum to the 51-year-old. Assange is fighting extradition to the United States. He is currently imprisoned in Britain.