The plight of Assange

Chris Abraham, Mullumbimby Creek

Julian Assange, through Wikileaks, brought to the attention of the world what most consider are unacceptable actions on the part of the USA military in Iraq.

He has done the world a favour. Whether or not he is identified as a journalist is a technicality and, if not seen as a journalist, he should not be penalised for what he has done.

Wikileaks has embarrassed the USA military and I suspect that this is the main reason why they want to try him in the USA.

Julian Assange has effectively already served a prison sentence through his self-incarceration in the Ecuadorian embassy. It is about time for the Australian government to look after its nationals and repatriate him home. If the USA is upset, too bad. It is high time that we stopped kow-towing to the USA and stood on our own feet with confidence that we are doing the right thing.

The lack of action on the part of the Australian government is similar to the case of David Hicks who was still incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay when the other prisoners had been returned home.

I am as ashamed to be Australian because of our neglect of Julian Assange as I was in the case of David Hicks. Where is your compassion and sense of fair play, fellow Australians? Lobby your Federal MP in the hope that he will be brought back to Australia before he dies in prison.

I am also dismayed to hear that Julian Assange was handcuffed in court and placed behind a glass screen. This is totally unnecessary and humiliating. Has this become the norm in these courts? Because of this he had no direct contact with his legal team during the in court trial  – and he is no threat to anyone – except that some Americans might wish to harm him.

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3 responses to “The plight of Assange”

  1. Frank Ball says:

    Last weeks ABC Four Corners programme showed an Australian soldier allegedly killing an unarmed Afghani.
    This has now been referred to the police to investigate possibly as war crime as it should be.
    Julian Assange exposed what was a war crime in Iraq, the cold blooded killing of at least nine unarmed civilians including two Reuters employees. Not only did the military commit the crime it the set about covering up the crime which is st self a war crime. He and Chelsea Manning did Humanity a huge favour and what did they get for it? Manning served seven years in jail (she was originally sentenced to 35 years) in addition she has undergone a further 12 months and fined $250,00 for refusing to give evidence against Julian. Assange has been persecuted relentlessly on trumped up charges,confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy until dragged out sent to solitary confinement and locked up 22 hours a day then subjected to a kangaroo court. This is just about Assange and Manning their treatment is a warning of what will happen to others if they try to expose
    wrong doing by the WAR Machine.If we do not protest now we will all suffer the concequences in the future

  2. John says:

    I totally agree with the sentiments expressed in this article. Julian Assange is a hero in my book daring to challenge the corrupt and deceitful governments who are covering up so much of the destructiveness and tyranny that they are perpetrating continually as they support the unfettered exploitation of all people and natural resources around the world by corporations largely owned by the ruling class. Democracy, as fragile as it is, is under attack by those tyrannical forces who want to bring in the New World Order, cut back the world’s population to half a billion and enslave those remaining. There is a push happening towards an Orwellian social order and courageous men like Julian Assange and whistle blowers like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, William Thompson etc are risking their careers and their lives to expose this before it’s too late.

  3. Darren Gray says:

    No one cares about this accused rapist, hiding like a rat in plain site for so long shows what type of fame seeking parasite he is. There are ways to do things, he chose the illegal way and should be accountable for his actions.

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