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Julian Assange’s extradition to US signifies “death to the press”

AustraliaJulian Assange's extradition to US signifies "death to the press"

Julian Assange’s extradition to the USA  signals death to the press; Assange revealed all secret operations of the US killing innocent lives.

Julian Paul Assange, is an Australian editor, publisher, and activist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. He revealed all secret operations of the US killing innocent lives.  WikiLeaks came to international attention in 2010 when it published a series of leaks provided by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning that uncovered the US government.

Julian Assange’s extradition to the USA  signals death to the press; Siddique Kappan in India, Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine, Chelsea Manning in USA Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia, and many others are examples of the death to the freedom of the press and there is no real freedom, it is a myth. The USA while claiming t be a great democracy also cannot tolerate freedom of the press and exposure of their government.

The prime minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese has been urged to put an end to the Julian Assange “madness” and intervene to stop his extradition to the US.  In fact, Julian Assange’s extradition sends shockwaves over the world as to the death of the freedom of the press.

Independent MP and strong supporter of the WikiLeaks founder, Andrew Wilkie said it was time for the Prime Minister to leverage Australia’s relationship with the US to bring him home.  Andrew Wilkie says the Prime Minister must intervene.

“Don’t wait till Monday, Albo … this has gone long enough,” Mr. Wilkie told reporters in Hobart on Saturday.  He said, “I have no doubt that Anthony Albanese has enough influence over the British prime minister to bring this to an end if he picks up the phone and say – ‘end this madness.

Julian Assange has spent more than a decade trying to avoid extradition from the UK.

On Friday, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel crashed his hopes by approving his extradition to the US where he is wanted over the leak of classified documents.

Last year, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he couldn’t see the point of keeping the WikiLeaks founder locked up and when questioned about Mr Assange at a press conference earlier this month, the Australian Prime Minister said “not all foreign affairs is best done with the loud hailer”.

Overnight, Mr Assange’s wife said she hoped the Prime Minister would put his talk into action.

“The Australian Prime Minister has expressed in the past his view of this prosecution, of Julian’s imprisonment and I hope the Australian government can follow through on its principles,” she said.

Legal Adviser to the Australian Assange Campaign, Greg Barns, said government influence wasn’t without precedent, pointing to the return of David Hicks – who was detained by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

“Australia can use its extra relationship with Washington to bring an Australian back to safety,” Mr. Barns said.

“We saw it with David Hicks almost 20 years now who found himself in Guantanamo Bay.

Stella Morris says Anthony Albanese must put his talk into action. “The Howard government at the time brought him back to Australia.

“This is not unprecedented. It is important that Australia is able to use the great relationship it has with Washington to ensure the safety of Australians.”

In a statement late on Friday evening, Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the case had dragged on for far too long.

“We will continue to convey our expectations that Mr. Assange is entitled to due process, humane and fair treatment, access to proper medical care, and access to his legal team,” the statement said.

“The Australian government has been clear in our view that Mr. Assange’s case has dragged on for too long and that it should be brought to a close.

“We will continue to express this view to the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States.”

If Julian Assange is handed over to the US, who incidentally is not even a US citizen, this gives all global leaders the power to punish their whistleblowers from any country, and sources predict that Mr. Assange would be killed on his return.

All the whistleblowers are incarcerated or killed; Siddiqi Kappan in India, Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine, Chelsea Manning in US, and many more.

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