Friday, June 1, 2012

Australian protests demand release of WikiLeaks founder

Several hundred people rallied at demonstrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and other Australian cities yesterday to protest the British Supreme Court ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden on bogus sexual assault allegations. Assange has just 14 days to try and appeal the decision.

Protestors carried placards denouncing the court ruling and demanding that Assange be released from house arrest in Britain, which has lasted for over 540 days. He has not been charged with a single crime in Sweden, Britain or any other country. According to Stratfor emails, the US has a Grand Jury espionage indictment against Assange and will extradite the WikiLeaks founder on conspiracy or espionage charges after he arrives in Sweden.

Former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks addressed the Sydney protest and said that Assange “was a brave and selfless journalist who had acted in the spirit of freedom of speech and transparency,” but now faced torture and other illegal treatment if extradited to the US. “The message that is being sent to him and other journalists is ‘publish what we don’t want you to and we’ll destroy your life.’” Read More