Zakharova said the case against Assange as a

Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said the situation surrounding the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, describing it “a blow to investigative journalism”. This Monday in London began the first stage of the court hearings on the extradition case Assange in the United States.

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“the Whole world has described the case Assange as a blow to the Institute of investigative journalism, as a blow to free and independent media as having disastrous consequences of a blow to basic human rights. Such punitive action against the journalist in the twenty – first century is absolutely unacceptable and a total disgrace to the involved Western countries that consider themselves democratic and free” – quoted Zakharov RIA Novosti.

Recall that recently, the United States filed against Assange new charges under articles of the law on espionage and disclosing classified information. If the London court will decide on the transfer of the head of the WikiLeaks U.S., where he faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.