Australian PM rejects calls to intervene in Julian Assange case | Julian Assange News

UK authorities ordered extradition of WikiLeaks founder to the US on spying expenses, risking up 175 years in jail.

Anthony Albanese, the newly elected prime minister of Australia, has rejected requires him to publicly demand the US drop its prosecution of WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange.

Bob Carr, who was international minister when Albanese’s centre-left Labor Social gathering was final in energy in 2012 and 2013, wrote in an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday that an Australian request to drop Assange’s prosecution was a “small change” in Australia’s defence alliance with the US.

Chatting with reporters, Albanese declined to say whether or not he had spoken to President Joe Biden concerning the case after the British authorities final week ordered his extradition to the US on spying expenses, risking as much as 175 years in jail.

“There are some individuals who assume that when you put issues in capital letters on Twitter and put an exclamation mark, that in some way makes it extra vital. It doesn’t,” mentioned Albanese, who got here to energy in elections a month in the past.

“I intend to steer a authorities that engages diplomatically and appropriately with our companions,” Albanese added.

Assange’s supporters and attorneys say his actions had been protected by the US Structure, and his attorneys have pledged to enchantment the UK’s resolution.

The authorized battle started in 2010 after WikiLeaks revealed greater than 500,000 categorized US paperwork concerning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assange had lived within the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 till he was moved to a top-security jail in southeast London in 2019, the place he spent three years for leaping bail in a earlier case accusing him of sexual assault in Sweden.

That case was dropped however he was not launched on grounds he was a flight danger within the US extradition case.

In his op-ed, Carr argued that Assange’s prosecution stood in sharp distinction to the US pardoning former army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning, who had leaked the key recordsdata to WikiLeaks.

Carr mentioned this was Albanese’s “most potent argument” to advocate for Assange’s launch.

“If Albanese asks, my guess is America will agree,” Carr wrote.

In the meantime, Assange’s spouse Stella Assange believes there was a noticeable “shift” within the Australian authorities’s dealing with of her husband’s case since Albanese’s election win.

Chatting with the Australian Broadcasting Company, she mentioned Australia “can and ought to be talking to its closest ally to deliver this matter to an in depth”, calling the case an “aberration” that criminalises journalism.

Stella mentioned her husband was being prosecuted for exposing conflict crimes and abuses of energy.

“The one objective right here is to free Julian as a result of this has been occurring since 2010. He’s been in jail for over three years and the case in opposition to him is a travesty,” she mentioned.

Additionally, she expressed worries about what she described as his deteriorating well being state of affairs.

“It’s a nasty surroundings and it might deteriorate anybody’s well being however he was already in a foul well being state of affairs when he entered the jail,” she mentioned, including that her husband had suffered a “ministroke” in October final 12 months.

“So his well being was in decline and we’re extraordinarily apprehensive that he’ll at any second have a catastrophic well being episode inside Belmarsh jail with out the flexibility to get emergency therapy – as a result of that’s the character of prisons, mainly.”

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