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Assange not our concern - Australia

Published time: June 07, 2013 00:29
 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

The Australian government has severed all ties with Julian Assange, stating that the Wikileaks co-founder is not their concern, while the US military prosecutors denounced him as a conspirator across the duration of Manning’s court martial.

Assange’s situation “doesn't affect Australian interests,” Australia’s Foreign Minister Robert Carr told a US Senate budget estimates committee, adding that the country would no longer be making any representations to the US regarding him.

Carr stated that the country wouldn’t be raising the question of Assange’s free speech protection with the US, also saying that no inquiries would be made into whether a US grand jury was still placing him under intense scrutiny.

His comments fell as the Manning trial began this week. During Manning’s trial, US military prosecution have alleged that Assange conspired with Manning in the theft of classified information, through advising him on ways to browse SIPRnet ‘anonymously.’

Assange responded last month to Carr’s earlier accusations that it was sheer ‘fantasy’ that the US were seeking to extradite him by way of Sweden. He lashed out at Carr, calling him a well-known liar, whose “ignorance is only eclipsed by his arrogance,” in an interview with US program ‘Democracy Now.’

A spokesperson for Carr stated that “name-calling doesn't alter the fact that Mr Assange has received more consular assistance than any other Australian in similar circumstances.”

His statement comes shortly after Australia said that they would “continue to offer Mr. Assange consular assistance as he faces his legal issues overseas.” However, Carr told the Sydney Morning Heraldon on Thursday that he would not “over-service” Assange’s consular requirements.

The US Justice Department is still undergoing an ‘unprecedented’ criminal investigation into Wikileaks, according to Assange.  

He is still sheltering in the UK’s Ecuadorian Embassy, stating that if he leaves or sets foot on British territory, he faces extradition to Sweden on the grounds of alleged sexual misconduct, and also potentially to the US. Ecuador and the UK are expected to enter discussions regarding Assange’s future later in June.

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Charles Fury 27.08.2013 15:39

Assange not our concern says Mr carr ,now theres an Australian whose only crime was exposing the atrocities and crimes that were commited by the U S/NATO and their cronies around the world , but it is our concern to be a YES boy to the U S and go help kill more inocent people in Syria under false & pretext accusations

 

sandra 17.06.2013 02:26

God bless Assange, Manning and so many others that have good intentions to make this world a better place.

Anonymous user 10.06.2013 05:37

Toss the Assangle into the garbage where he belongs.

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