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posted by janrinok on Thursday May 11 2023, @10:15AM   Printer-friendly

Australian lawmakers press US envoy for Julian Assange release

Australian lawmakers have met United States Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, urging her to help drop the pending extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and allow him to return to Australia.

The "Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group" said on Tuesday it informed Kennedy of "the widespread concern in Australia" about the continued detention of Assange, an Australian citizen.

The meeting comes before US President Joe Biden's scheduled visit to Australia this month for the Quad leaders' summit.

"There are a range of views about Assange in the Australian community and the members of the Parliamentary Group reflect that diversity of views. But what is not in dispute in the Group is that Mr Assange is being treated unjustly," the legislators said in a statement after meeting Kennedy in the capital, Canberra.

Assange is battling extradition from the United Kingdom to the US where he is wanted on criminal charges over the release of confidential military records and diplomatic cables in 2010. Washington says the release of the documents had put lives in danger.


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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Thursday May 11 2023, @06:18PM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 11 2023, @06:18PM (#1305896) Journal

    The world needs to stand up for Assange. The United States is making a mockery of 'freedom of the press'. It's making a mockery of freedom, period. People all over the world should be flooding Washington, D.C. with emails and snail mails, protesting the Assange debacle. And, I'm not only talking about the so-called 'free world', every nation on earth stands to lose something if Assange is convicted. Even Kim Jung Il's propagandists are subject to arrest and conviction in the US, because opinions, facts, and ideas contrary to the US government's version of opinions, facts, and ideas are somehow 'treason' against the United States.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Thursday May 11 2023, @06:51PM

      by Freeman (732) on Thursday May 11 2023, @06:51PM (#1305907) Journal

      His only chance lies with him not getting extradited. At this point though, he's more of a has been, than anything. Doesn't mean the government won't lock him away and throw away the key, if they get the chance to do it.

      Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (Score: 5, Touché) by Mykl on Thursday May 11 2023, @10:52PM (1 child)

      by Mykl (1112) on Thursday May 11 2023, @10:52PM (#1305958)

      Agreed. Tin-pot dictators have been using Assange, Gitmo, Extraordinary Rendition and other similar horrors to demonstrate why the US is in no position to lecture them on human rights. They're absolutely right too - the US has a terrible track record on this sort of stuff.

      I was furious when the then-Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, rolled over and asked George W Bush to rub his belly when Assange was first being pursued. It was one of the several things that, I believe, ultimately led to him being voted out and his party losing office. The Australian public in general have been very supportive of Assange - unfortunately the same could not be said of our government until quite recently. Sweden and the UK need to hang their heads in shame for their collaboration in this disgrace too.

      There was a chance for a while that Trump was going to let him off because Hillary Clinton reportedly wanted Assange dead. While Trump himself is unlikely to have cared about Assange at all and only wanted to point score against his opponent, I would still have taken the win. Sadly, one of the lizard people must've gotten into his ear (either that or he got distracted by something shiny).

      The fact that the actual leaker of the documents is already walking around a free person says volumes about how serious the US really feels the leak was. This is more about punishing the person who embarrassed them. Oh, and being dicks just because they can.

      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Dale on Friday May 12 2023, @04:44PM

        by Dale (539) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 12 2023, @04:44PM (#1306122)

        The real crime wasn't the leak. The real crime was challenging the ego and authority. Assange not only challenged it, he continued to challenge and defy it. That is why they will never stop. I agree it is the example that our adversaries point to and they are correct in doing so. Assange is certainly an egostical ass, but he continues to make the US the same with their continued pursuit of him.