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Monday, 19 December 2011 16:34

Aussies call for government to save Assange

Written by Nick Farell

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Fear he could be extradited to the US

A high-profile bunch of Aussies have called for their government to step in to prevent Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from being extradited to the US. Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser and dozens of public figures have called on the Foreign Affairs Minister, Kevin Rudd, to ensure the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is protected from ''rendition'' to the US.

The fear is that if Assange is extradited from Britain to Sweden, where he may face rape and sexual assault charges, he could then be handed over to the US. In an open letter to Rudd, the prominent names have pointed out that the chances of Assange getting a fair trial in the United States are remote. Already top Republicans have called for him to be assassinated, and the Vice-President has called him a 'high-tech terrorist'.

"Given the atmosphere of hostility in relation to Mr Assange, we hold serious concerns about his safety once in US custody. We note that Mr. Assange is an Australian citizen, whose journalistic activities were undertaken entirely outside of US territory." Those who signed the letter include American academic Noam Chomsky, Julian Burnside, QC, and the Greens leader Bob Brown. It is not clear why they think Sweden would hand Assange over to the US without the "appropriate legal processes that accompany normal extradition cases" but it is possible.

More here.

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+5 #1 DaRAGE 2011-12-19 19:10
Full On. I will protest and organize protests if he is extradited to the US. He is an Australian citizen, and should be protected by our government against foreign governments, no matter how ridiculous and reckless his journalism was.
+1 #2 fuadzilla 2011-12-19 20:32
screw usa! anything against your sicko world domination agenda is terrorism? usa is the real terrorist! so screw yourself!
+3 #3 noel1993 2011-12-19 20:47
Well, the other day I came across a UN statistics that stated the number of reported cases of rape in Sweden, per 100k citizens, are respectively 2x & 3x higher than those of neighboring Norway & Finland, and on par with developing countries like Zimbabwe or Trinidad & Tobago. Those Swedes are either very horny, or You can simply rape woman by looking at her cleavage.
-3 #4 Jay 2011-12-19 23:48
WHy so much Australia news WTF you australian? This site australian? Australia is shit country is full of racist pricks...US,UK & Singapore are 10x better
0 #5 Sniper87 2011-12-20 06:16
Sorry guys IMO as an aussie this guy is a complete wanquer and deserves to have the book thrown at him and besides why should the government step in too save him?

Oh yeah and enough ragging on aussies mate seriously what do you have against us ?
-2 #6 Jay 2011-12-20 08:10
Quoting Sniper87:
Oh yeah and enough ragging on aussies mate seriously what do you have against us ?
OMG no I have nothing against aussies infact aussie chicks are hot Rebecca Cartwright, Miranda Kerr yum yum..I just read in papers how people get burnt & beaten up in trains & shit so I just said some were racist, I was generalizing its like AMD is a shit company but not all its employees are shit just their CEO is a bad man. So it's like that, no offence :-)
0 #7 robert3892 2011-12-20 08:57
I see no difference between him and a spy so I say let him be extradited to the USA. If he is innocent then he has nothing to fear.
-1 #8 DaRAGE 2011-12-20 10:00
whats the charge? being a journalist in another country? the right to free speech and a freedom of the press? Journalists have done things like this many times, he,will be the first to go to prison for it?

You sir, with ur ridiculous statement, neither deserve freedom or security. Hope you dont complain when you express your right to free speech and get labelled a terrorist, and locked away in some guatemala prison.
-1 #9 youserzero 2011-12-20 10:34
Quoting robert3892:
I see no difference between him and a spy so I say let him be extradited to the USA.

I see not much difference between a pile of dog crap on the sidewalk and the brain controlling your body.

Quoting robert3892:
If he is innocent then he has nothing to fear.

Bradley Manning has was held in solitary confinement for a year with nothing more than an accusation. Only a certified retard wouldn't be afraid of the US government. If they want you, innocence is irrelevant you are f*$&ed end of story.
-1 #10 deadspeedv 2011-12-20 11:00
Australia is one of the biggest US ass lickers in the world. Even if he comes to Australia he will be deported instantly.

I should know since I am aussie

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