In attempting to draw a parallel between the Brittany Higgins and Julian Assange situations, John Donnellan (Echo 2/11) demonstrates a catastrophic ignorance of the Assange case.
The Swedish charges Mr Assange was originally held on have long been withdrawn. They related to a rarely cited quirk in Swedish law, which allows for a male who declines the use of contraception, to be charged with rape, even in circumstances where there is consent for coitus.
The two women involved in the Assange saga have both placed, on record, that they were solicited by Swedish authorities to lodge a complaint, from which the obscure anomaly in Swedish law was enacted to drum up a charge against Assange neither woman pursued.
Julian Assange is in prison for exposing war crimes. He is persecuted for the same reasons Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela were persecuted and thrown in jail: their courage in speaking the truth upset the corrupt hegemony they challenged.
Julian’s integrity is why he has such global support from a huge cross-section of the community, from heads of State such as Andrés Manuel López Obrador to artists Roger Waters and Brian Eno, to global social commentators Chris Hedges and Russell Brand, to the people maintaining a 24 hour vigil outside Flinders St Station in Melbourne.
Despite being locked away in a box, Julian Assange is now the most well-known Australian on the planet. Momentum grows every day for his immediate release.
We should all walk that little bit taller knowing the great global freedom fighter of our time is an Australian.