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Hypocrisy of Australian govt in helping USA against Julian Assange

The Australian government has liaised closely with the US from the beginning of the US WikiLeaks investigation, which rapidly gathered steam following Bradley Manning’s arrest in Iraq in March 2010. 

the released cables showed that the Australian embassy had confirmed through US officials that the US Justice Department was conducting an ”active and vigorous inquiry into whether Julian Assange can be charged under US law, most likely the 1917 Espionage Act”. 

ever anxious to demonstrate its loyalty to the US alliance, the Australian government has not uttered any objection to the prospect that Assange may be prosecuted for espionage.

Ministers cagey over Assange, The Age, Philip Dorling, June 2, 2012, Julian Assange fears extradition to Sweden to be questioned about sexual assault allegations.
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Foreign Minister Bob Carr all sang from the same hymn sheet this week on the continuing legal saga of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. But they chose their words very carefully.

The issue was whether the United States intends to charge and extradite Assange – the Australian journalist labelled by US Vice-President Joe Biden as ”a high-tech terrorist” – with criminal offences for WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic reports…..

Well aware of successive polls that show a high level of support for WikiLeaks and Assange across the Australian political spectrum, the Australian government has been insistent this week that it has no knowledge whatsoever of any intention by the US to prosecute and extradite the WikiLeaks publisher…….

Over the course of the past 18 months, Fairfax Media has pursued a
series of freedom-of-information applications aimed at establishing
the Australian government’s knowledge of US investigations directed
against WikiLeaks and Assange.
The Australian government has liaised closely with the US from the beginning of the US WikiLeaks investigation, which rapidly gathered steam following Bradley Manning’s arrest in Iraq in March 2010. Last
December, Fairfax obtained the release of cables from the Australian
embassy in Washington, dated December 2010, that reported that
WikiLeaks was the target of an ”unprecedented” US criminal probe and
that media reports that a secret grand jury had been convened in
Alexandria, Virginia, were ”likely true”.
Despite extensive redactions, the released cables showed that the Australian embassy had confirmed through US officials that the US Justice Department was conducting an ”active and vigorous inquiry into whether Julian Assange can be charged under US law, most likely the 1917 Espionage Act”. The investigation was described by US
officials as ”unprecedented both in its scale and nature”……
A more recent instalment of released cables shows the US and
Australian governments continued high-level exchanges on WikiLeaks
through last year.
The Washington embassy provided Canberra with updates including
reporting on the issuing of subpoenas to compel WikiLeaks associates
to appear before a grand jury in Virginia…..
ever anxious to demonstrate its loyalty to the US alliance, the Australian government has not uttered any objection to the prospect that Assange may be prosecuted for espionage.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/ministers-cagey-over-assange-20120601-1zn8o.html#ixzz1x44TH0Mp

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June 6, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies, Wikileaks |

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