Anthony Albanese’s request for the Americans to drop their bid to extradite Assange has fallen on firmly blocked ears.
Moving from ambiguity to clearer opposition to the Australian government’s position suggests the US may have decided to prosecute Assange despite Australian objections.
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In this podcast, Labor MP Julian Hill joins Michelle Grattan to discuss the job market and getting people into work, artificial intelligence, Julian Assange, and TikTok.
In this podcast, Michelle chats with the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, and leader of the opposition, Peter Dutton.
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Michelle Grattan speaks with barrister Greg Barns, a senior advisor to the Australian Assange Campaign.
A judicial commission into state corruption found that the Gupta family influenced former President Jacob Zuma’s political decisions.
Wikileaks has already announced it will appeal the decision, and the year-long drama could drag on for many years more.
The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture has investigated the ongoing persecution of Assange and his conclusions are damning.
In her ruling, the judge rejected claims that Assange’s case was an assault on press freedom, which must concern anyone who believes in the oversight role that journalists play in a democracy.
Assange’s legal team is expected to argue the US extradition request is politically motivated and the Wikileaks founder is unlikely to receive a fair trial in the US.
As British courts this week hear arguments for and against the Wikileaks founder’s extradition to the US, the questions about journalism, the law and freedom of speech it raises are vital ones.
Julian Assange’s indictment under the Espionage Act, a sweeping law with heavy penalties for unauthorized receiving or disclosing of classified information, poses a threat to press freedom.
The new charges are much more serious than the computer misuse charge in the initial US extradition request. Will the Australian government intervene?
Extradition is a heavily regulated and multi-stage process. For now, it’s impossible to say what awaits Assange.
The US indicted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange for conspiring to hack into a government computer. But the prosecution of Assange may also pose a risk to the rights of journalists in the US.
The Mueller report is out, heavily redacted and the investigative materials it’s based on aren’t public. That’s where Congress comes in, writes a former House counsel. Now they can investigate.
It’s dangerous for the press to take up Julian Assange’s cause, two journalism scholars write. Assange is no journalist, they say, and making him out to be one is likely to damage press freedoms.
If the Swedish charges against Assange are revived he could face a second extradition request, on top of the existing request from the US. Then it will be up to the UK to decide which to prioritise.
The Wikileaks founder has been removed from the Ecuadorean embassy after nearly seven years.