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In reply to John Donnellan’s latest shrill attempt to besmirch Julian Assange’s character, it is important to highlight that no charges related to accusations from a trip Assange made to Sweden in 2010 were ever laid.

Exhaustive investigations were conducted and concluded. These investigations included two days of Assange being grilled by Swedish authorities in 2016, a year before any statute of limitation ran out. This interviewing occurred without the requirement for Assange to travel to Sweden. Assange was right to question the need to go to Sweden for police interviewing, something Swedish authorities eventually conceded. This did not in any way inhibit Swedish authorities meticulously exploring the matter.

Is Mr Donnellan privy to information nobody else is aware of? Was he in Stockholm in 2010 hunched wide-eyed by a window?

The outcome of Swedish police investigations was unequivocal: no grounds existed to pursue charges. Donnellan suggests people should be harshly punished for merely being accused of criminality.

Imagine a legal system based on Donnellan’s premise that accusation alone merits the meting out of punishment. That is the abandonment of rule of law. That is the dystopian lawlessness of Orwell’s 1984, where any persons daring to question authority are themselves labelled a criminal.

In a week that saw Drew Pavlou physically removed from our houses of parliament for being classified as ‘high risk’, and former politician Danny Lim having his cheek fractured by police after being arrested for peacefully protesting on the streets of Sydney, it is apt we consider Julian Assange and the spread of state-sanctioned persecution, meted out to those people with the courage to exercise their right of free speech.

It is time people woke up to the rising thuggery of the state apparatus, and the concerted attacks on our civil liberties by a governance system captured by corrupted global market interests. This is what Julian Assange has been tirelessly warning us of for decades. This is what Wikileaks continues to bring to the light of public scrutiny. This is why Assange, and his fight for transparency and disclosure of government and media, stands alongside like-minded historical figures who shared his vision of freedom from oppression.

Marc Westley, Mullumbimby

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Actually he avoide prosecution in Sweden as it seems there is a time period to prosecute and he conveniently had asylum to cover this period and the prosecution stopped. You do know he is fallible and not the messiah.

  2. The Australian Government tells us it is currently negotiating with the US, and unsurprisingly advises that better done confidentially. So can we assume you would be happy if someone took up Assange’s “fight for transparency and disclosure of government and media.” , leaked the confidential negotiations and put the possible freedom of your hero at jeopardy?

  3. The Italian newspapers and the Egyptian journalist ” Mohamed Abdel hameed” talked millions of people from 200 countries about ” Julian Assange”

    Iam Egyptian man . The Italian newspapers are better than the Egyptian journalist ” Mohamed Abdel hameed” in defending ” Julian Assange”

    political responsibles and diplomats and president of Mexico , Honduras and Colombia want to protect ” Julian Assange”.

    Iam sure 100% the international hatred against the English kings “Charles” and prince “Williams” will increase on too much large scale if they send ” Julian Assange” to the death prisons in USA

  4. Marc I doubt you will ever get it, the conspiracy theories roll on unabated, the desperation from you people who seem intent on aiding and abetting an already convicted criminal avoid further justice is astonishing. Assange is facing 17 federal criminal charges in the US alleging he conspired with Chelsea/Bradley Manning to obtain and publish secret documents, some of which included the disclosure of identities of foreigners who were aiding the US military abroad; “HELLOW” that’s serious stuff.

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