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The Assange No Extradition campaign is vital for upholding and fighting for Assange, a political prisoner, who took the risk to expose the war crimes of the imperialist west. This act in turn has globally affected the rights of journalists.

A global petition seeking a royal pardon has 300,000 signatures. He’s been removed from solitary confinement, had access to letters, and his father can visit him more.

There’s a silent hero who is back in prison. Chelsea Manning acted alone when she released information of war crimes to Assange. They did not plot this act. At a packed meeting at Sydney Opera House she warned that we should focus our gaze on the terrorism in our immediate environment. To date, there appears to exist no campaign to free Chelsea Manning.

If we look deeper into the humanism of Assange and Chelsea Manning we can view the activation of ‘conscience’. They symbolise the right to activism for frontline protectors, like Quakers, who’ve struggled for a greater humanism. Assange and Manning are legally recognised under Article 9 of The European Convention of Human Rights, which upholds ‘the right to freedom of Conscience’.

They are prisoners of conscience reviled by the political elite.

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  1. It might be that Julian Assange published material relating to war crimes, and that that action should be pardoned. However Assange also released a large volume of material, including material Australia legitimately shared with the US that had nothing to do with war crimes.. That material was judged by experienced professional diplomats as not being in our interests to be made public. The judgement is normally made by the person creating the material and does not involve the government. Regardless of any merit Assange might be worthy of for some material relating to war crimes, that does not excuse the potential harm done by publishing the great bulk of the Wikileaks material. In doing so he apparently breached US law, which as with other democracies prohibits the release of its own classified material and of material it has been entrusted with by other countries. As such there is no reason Assange should not stand trial for the crimes he is alleged to have committed, and if he has done what he has been indicted for, Australia has every reason to ensure he is punished for betraying his own country.

  2. Wow Peter, you actually believe that don’t you. “… that does not excuse the potential harm done by publishing the great bulk of the Wikileaks material” WTF… “Potential harm”?!? Have you read the mainstream news ever? Make sure you put your helmet on before walking out your door… got to get rid of that “potential” of harm.

  3. On your logic we would not fine or goal drink drivers unless we could show that they that they harmed someone. It is enough to find them guilty that they did something that has been shown to increase the risk of harm. We do not classify material as secret because we know it will cause harm. It is enough to know there is a risk of it causing harm. We similarly make it illegal to release classified material because of that risk, as does the US and other liberal democracies.

    Countries whose material was Wikileak-ed were hardly going to publicise the full extent of damage done to their international relationships, but as it happens we do know that some of the material Assange released caused harm: for example to the important relationship for Australia between Presidents Obama and Yudiono . But it is enough to show Assange put our interests at risk for Australia to not attempt to prevent the UK from extraditing him to the US . There the courts can determine the extend of any wrongdoing and if he is found guilty I would imagine the extend of any harm he caused would be considered in any sentencing.

    And I usually do put on my helmet when I go out, because I am usually cycling, and not only do I not want to be harmed I do not want to set an example to children of risk taking behaviour.

  4. You make a lot of assumptions to present your case. Why would my logic prevent fining or gaoling drink drivers? If this was about “increasing harm” then maybe question why 3 people die a day in Australia from pharmaceutical opiates and big pharma CEOs aren’t rotting in gaol cells. Now, there’s a crime.
    Julian Assange, as editor of Wikileaks, published real news, unlike the murdoch press… and you may remember it was the Guardian that actually published the story that started this whole thing (why is the Guardians editor not in gaol?). The stories published by Wikileaks showed the types of risk governments are prepared to put their own citizens under… is that not in the public interest to know this? Is that not setting an example for the children… to tell the truth?

  5. I am sorry if you cannot understand that we make laws against actions which cause both harm and a risk of harm. Laws that protect classified information are there to stop risks identified by those who created the communication. Regardless of whether you understand that concept or understand how leaking frank communication can harm good relationships with other countries, the risk is there and so are the laws that protect information, including the US laws Assange is alleged to have broken. If you break the law of a country and it’s a properly made reasonable law that protects our interests as well as the US’s, you have to expect our Government is not going to interfere with any extradition.

  6. This – “They are prisoners of conscience reviled by the political elite”.
    You must remember for all his ‘activism’ Assange delivered Trump the presidency on a plate by deliberately releasing those Clinton emails. So Trump (and all his nepotistic far right cronies) LOVE Assange! His hacktivism delivered them the power that they would never have achieved – and now they look like getting into a second term. This is the elephant in the room when discussing Assange – he did some terrific work as a leaker, but ultimately he has enabled the far right to get a stranglehold on America and destabilise the world in a terrifying way…why he is never held to account for this is beyond me.


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