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The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

The controversy over the actions of Julian Assange seems to miss a crucial point. His motive for seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy was not to avoid charges of rape in a Swedish court.

He sought asylum because he believed, once in Sweden, he would be forcibly extradited to the USA and convicted on politically motivated charges, which would have put him behind bars for life.

It is disingenuous to suggest that his supporters would in any way excuse him if he was found guilty of rape. With due respect there are many more intelligent, reliable people, including two barristers, who support Assange, than detractors who agree with John Donnellan’s view of events. Assange even has Barnaby Joyce on his side!

Patrick Lenfesty, Ballina


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      • And I thought this was about disclosure and truth telling. Dear me, Assange didn’t release the emails trying to curry favour with trump. Assange is human don’t have to kiss his feet in supplication.

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