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Quote from: Valmy on January 04, 2021, 11:20:35 PMKind of embarrassing that was the reason they refused extradition but it is not like it is untrue that our prisons are inhumane.
QuoteJulian Assange: more than 60 Australian MPs urge US to let WikiLeaks founder walk freeMore than 60 Australian federal politicians have explicitly called on the US to drop the prosecution of Julian Assange, warning of "a sharp and sustained outcry in Australia" if the WikiLeaks founder is extradited.With a small cross-party delegation due to fly to Washington next week, the Guardian can reveal that the lobbying trip has won the open support of 63 members of Australia's House of Representatives and Senate.In a letter, the 63 MPs and senators said they stood in support of the trip to the US and were "resolutely of the view that the prosecution and incarceration of the Australian citizen Julian Assange must end".They said the matter had "dragged on for over a decade" and it was "wrong for Mr Assange to be further persecuted and denied his liberty when one considers the duration and circumstances of the detention he has already suffered."It serves no purpose, it is unjust, and we say clearly – as friends should always be honest with friends – that the prolonged pursuit of Mr Assange wears away at the substantial foundation of regard and respect that Australians have for the justice system of the United States of America," the letter said.Assange remains in Belmarsh prison in London as he fights a US attempt to extradite him to face charges – including under the Espionage Act. The charges are in connection with the publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables, in 2010 and 2011.Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 and remained there until 2019. The Australian citizen was arrested when Ecuador revoked his diplomatic status and has been in jail since then, amid a series of legal challenges against the US extradition bid.The Australian MPs and senators said they agreed with comments by the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, that "enough is enough ... and that nothing is served from the ongoing incarceration of Julian Assange".They also welcomed the recent backing of the opposition leader, Peter Dutton, saying this bipartisan position was "matched by the wide cross-party and independent support within the Australian parliament itself, which in turn reflects the strongly held views of the Australian community"."Let there be no doubt that if Julian Assange is removed from the United Kingdom to the United States there will a sharp and sustained outcry in Australia."The letter was organised by the co-conveners of the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group: the independent MP Andrew Wilkie, the Labor MP Josh Wilson, the Liberal MP Bridget Archer, and the Greens senator David Shoebridge.The total number of signatories – 63 Australian federal politicians – reflects an increasing cross-party consensus on the issue. It compares with 48 who signed a letter to the US attorney general, Merrick Garland, in April.New backers of the cause include Shayne Neumann and Louise Pratt of the governing Labor party, and Melissa Price of the opposition Coalition.The Australian politicians noted "with gratitude the considerable support in the United States for an end to the legal pursuit of Mr Assange from members of Congress, human rights advocates, academics, and civil society, and from within the US media in defence of free speech and independent journalism"."On that basis we ask Congresspeople, members of the press, and other relevant civil society stakeholders in the United States to speak up now in supporting an end to the prosecution and detention of Julian Assange," they wrote.The Australian politicians said they believed the "right and best course of action" would be for the US Department of Justice to cease the prosecution....
Quote from: grumbler on January 04, 2021, 11:28:23 PMQuote from: Valmy on January 04, 2021, 11:20:35 PMKind of embarrassing that was the reason they refused extradition but it is not like it is untrue that our prisons are inhumane.It's also not true that British jails don't see suicides. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prison-suicide-rate-rise-jail-prison-probation-ombudsman-annual-report-a9150351.htmlPrisoner suicide is a problem all systems face, but I'd need to see statistics (not anecdotes, like the British judge used) to evaluate her judgement.
Quote from: Admiral Yi on September 14, 2023, 04:43:59 PMI always thought the espionage case against Assange was dubious. By all means prosecute the folks with clearance doing the dumping.
Quote from: Jacob on September 15, 2023, 10:25:03 AMI never followed Assange and wikileaks that closely...How well established is it that he was using his position as head of a whistleblower organization to funnel sensitive intelligence directly to the FSB rather than simply being the whistleblower he claimed to be?
Quote from: The Minsky Moment on September 15, 2023, 10:01:14 AMDepends on the evidence, no?There is certainly a lot of circumstantial evidence publicly available linking Assange to the Russian government. Running a "media" or faux whistleblower group as a front organization for FSB intelligence gathering is not a defense to espionage charges; quite the opposite.
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