The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, offered asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

During his usual morning press conference, Lopez Obrador stressed on Monday that Assange is a journalist who deserves a second chance and must be forgiven. 

The president said he ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present the necessary documentation for the United Kingdom to release him and grant him political asylum in Mexico.

“Assange is a journalist, and he deserves a chance; I am in favor of his pardon. Not only that, I am going to ask the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to make the corresponding arrangements so that the United Kingdom government is asked for the possibility of Mr. Assange being released and that Mexico offers him political asylum,” explained the Mexican President.

López Obrador’s spokesman, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, ratified that the Mexican government asked for an end to the “torture” of Assange and his release.

The announcement came shortly after a UK judge rejected an extradition request from the U.S. government.

Assange, 49, has been held in a London prison for 20 months since he was arrested in April 2019 at Ecuador’s embassy in the United Kingdom, where he remained for seven years as a refugee.

Wikileaks’ founder is wanted on charges of spying and publishing numerous files hacked from government agencies.

For releasing hundreds of thousands of documents containing classified information, which exposes serious crimes by the political and business elite worldwide, Assange is considered by some to be a hero and worthy of a pardon.

The founder of Wikileaks had formally asked President Donald Trump for a pardon on Dec. 15, 2020. Several others have interceded on his behalf, alluding that his release would mean an endorsement of freedom of expression.

If he is found guilty of the charges he faces for publishing classified US government material, he could face a sentence of up to 175 years.