Australia moved in support of Julian Assange

Australia moved in support of Julian Assange

The Canberra government has revealed that it has moved with its counterparts in Washington to ensure "fair and humane" treatment, while MPs demand his release

(Photo: Guy Smallman / Getty Images) After the revelation of the CIA plans to kidnap or kill Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, the government of Australia has revealed that it has moved in support of the Australian activist in order to ensure "fair and humane" treatment. Foreign Minister Marise Payne raised the case during her visit to US Secretary of State Tony Blinken, as lawmakers from Bring Julian Assange Home are lobbying the government to demand the immediate release of their fellow citizen. >
"Minister Payne raised the situation of Mr. Assange with his US and British counterparts, and more recently with US Secretary of State Blinken, on September 15," said a spokesman for the Australian Foreign Ministry reported by the Guardian. According to the spokesman, the government has conveyed its "expectations of assuring a fair and humane treatment for Mr. Assange, the right to a fair trial, adequate medical treatment and access to his legal team". Still, however, it is not clear what guarantees Payne has been given and how she will change Canberra's attitude following the revelations of the CIA's plans, released by Yahoo news.

For this reason from the bipartisan parliamentary group in support of Assange there have been strong criticisms of the government which, according to the spokesperson of the group Janet Rice, "cannot continue to support the same ridiculous line of due process" because “It is now clear, without a shadow of a doubt, that Assange never received and will never receive fair treatment and due process. Australia cannot ignore this situation ". The group then argued that the government should ask for Assange's immediate release.

Assange has been in London's Belmarsh prison for three years, while Washington continues to ask for his extradition on charges of having obtained and disseminated classified US documents relating to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and CIA espionage practices, violating US espionage laws. The use of the so-called Espionage Act in Assange's case has been strongly criticized by human rights organizations for its consequences on press freedom and on the activities of investigative journalists in general.

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