‘By steadfastly refusing to lift a finger in his defence, the Australian Labor government is maintaining its support for the US-led vendetta against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, who was granted diplomatic sanctuary on Thursday by the Ecuadorian government.
Assange has been inside Ecuador’s embassy in London since June 19, after a British court ordered his extradition to Sweden for questioning on bogus sexual assault allegations. The WikiLeaks founder rightly fears that the US will extradite him from Sweden to face espionage and other frame-up charges for publishing thousands of documents exposing US and other imperialist war crimes.
Ecuador’s principled decision was made in defiance of unprecedented political bullying by the British government, which threatened to raid the embassy and arrest Assange if the Latin American country granted him sanctuary. Britain has also refused to grant safe passage from the embassy for Assange to travel to Ecuador.’