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Assange; Australian government thinks its true master sits in DC

Julian Assange tells The Power Index that Canberra needs to grow a back-bone (fat chance):

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains frustrated by the lack of assistance from the Australian federal government over his prolonged overseas legal plight, three weeks ahead of his appeal against extradition in the UK Supreme Court.

In an exclusive interview with The Power Index, the platinum-haired whistleblower revealed Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s office had been in contact with his lawyers in the past month but with “no results”.

When asked if he had been receiving adequate assistance from the federal government over his potential extradition from Britain to Sweden, Assange replied: “Of course not”.

“Almost no Australian who is involved in trouble overseas receives the assistance they should,” he said. “Australia is famous for its lack of assistance to its people who enter into difficulty overseas.”

A clearly-discouraged Assange said Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Attorney-General Robert McClelland and other members of the ALP had “risen above their population and developed network connections with elites in other countries”.

“That is their game … and in doing so they develop a base outside their own country and are no longer political accountable to the people of their country,” he told The Power Index.

“[They] have been working their international connections, yes at my expense, but also at the expense of the Australian people.”

Assange is currently awaiting a hearing in the Supreme Court to be held early in February, where a panel of seven judges will consider his appeal against extradition on accusations of rape and sexual assault of two women.

If Assange loses the appeal he could face extradition within weeks. There is another option of appeal which could see him take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

The 40-year-old Australian said the prime minister, who has denounced the actions of WikiLeaks as “illegal” in the past, had not been in contact recently.

A spokesperson for foreign minister Kevin Rudd told The Power Index that consular officers have been in touch with Assange’s lawyers and were “closely monitoring” his case.

“The Australian government cannot interfere in the judicial processes of other governments but Australia’s ambassador to Stockholm has sought and obtained assurances from Swedish authorities that Mr Assange’s case will proceed in accordance with due process,” the spokesperson said.

“Such assurances have also been sought and obtained from the relevant UK authorities.”

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said he believed the government had not done enough to assist Assange, who has been under house arrest for more than a year.

“I think it would be much better for the Australian government to pull out all the stops and that means not just consular assistance, it means diplomatic activity and it means political statements,” he told The Power Index.

“We need to hear the prime minister and the attorney-general quite clearly advocating to the US that they would not support onward extradition of an Australian journalist to face trumped up charges in the United States.”

6 comments ↪
  • Billy

    i think you will find it is because they actually are in DC:
    http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=ge

    COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CIK#: 0000805157
    Business Address
    1601 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW
    C/O AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY
    WASHINGTON DC 20036 (see all company filings)

  • wrb330

    This is the type of whoa is me trupe that gives me nausea..
    Assange is facing charges overseas, theefoe he is subject to the laws of the land he has allegedly commited the offence in. Just as tourists who commit crimes in Australia are punisherd under our laws for the offence.
    Cut the bleeding heart crap as to date you only have the word of an accused person that hes innocent and being persecuted, insofar as accurate facts of his innocence you have none… He just maa be guilty, thought of that have you?
    His possible extradition from Britain to Sweden is none .. I repeat NONE of Australias business except to be concerned over his welfare, the alleged crime was commited in sweden & as such extradition matters are none of Australias business.
    Assanges claim hes not getting enough assistance.. your an idiot if you think he would state otherwise and a bigger fool to think his claims of innocence make it so.

  • Marilyn

    I wonder then why they went out of the way for the boy arrested for drugs.

  • examinator

    Based on the charges as they are and not the personality, the Australian Government should have been all over this like flies and bull dust in an outback summer, instead of dodos and fresh Mammoth poo in Texas.

    It's very sad and short sighted of the Australian public that it hasn't learnt the wise lessons of the US founding fathers. One once said something to the point of, any body that gives up freedom (independence) for security deserves (ends up with) neither.
    Make no bones about it we can only rely on the US so long as it is in their interests. Don't kid your selves they regard us much the same way as you, your prepubescent son's pet rat.

    One correction though with Assange's statement Washington is only the centralised spin department for the real Controllers of the USA for that one needs to contact ALEC.

    The best response to America (USA) is the same Aussie sign language interpretation of the air hostie's safety instruction gestures.
    Interpretation see Adam Hills

  • examinator

    @wrb330,
    Why does someone have to be an idiot because they don't agree with you?
    Perhaps some of us don't see this issue as being quite so simplistically, black or white as you seem to.
    I would suggest that it is naive not to see the web of politics behind this.
    Be it the, if you don't like one prosecutor then find one you do (of the Swedes).
    Be it a government simply playing politics.
    Be it prominent feminists making a point. Why the time delays? between the acts and the complaints?
    I'm not saying that he isn't guilty, I simply don't know, that is for a court to determine.

    What I am inferring is that this isn't entirely about a Aussie transgressing another country's laws….simply put political tactics require political actions, our government should be wading in publicly to balance the scales ….not hiding behind bureaucracy ( So as not seen by the USA as siding with someone who they are doing their damnedest to create a law to justify their ire [embarrassment]) .

    Rather our government should be ensuring that he gets a fair trial. Something I'm not convinced he'll get without public political support. Given our PM's stated disdain for him by pre judging him on previous unsupported accusations, his profile, the nature of alleged crime, the press coverage, and the political action to polarise the Swedish public all to?? make a feminist point/ a given.
    After all THAT is one of the points for carrying an Aussie passport

  • Julian Assange is not charged with any crime in Sweden nor in any other country. He is simply wanted for questioning in Sweden over an alleged sex offence. There is no legal requirement for him to be in Sweden for questioning. He could be questioned via phone, or in person in London (or in any other city/country) by Swedish officials should they decide to do so. Alternatively, if there is enough evidence that a crime was committed, why hasn't the Swedish prosecutor laid charges?
    http://wlcentral.org/node/2429

    In contrast, alleged war criminals face extradition only after charges have been laid by the extraditing country (eg. Dragan Vasiljkovic who is being extradited from Australia to Croatia).

    So why do alleged war criminals, alleged murderers, and alleged rapists get legal due process, but alleged sex offenders who founded WikiLeaks get a politically motivated kangaroo court process?