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Ever subservient to USA, Australia’s Foreign Minister ducks and weaves, pretending to support Julian Assange

Diplomatic cables released under freedom of information legislation show that in December 2010 the Australian embassy in Washington reported to Canberra that WikiLeaks was the target of an ”unprecedented” US criminal investigation focussed on possible espionage charges 

Mr Assange observed that it was “fascinating to note that the government is at odds with popular opinion; it’s not acting in its electoral interests – which makes one wonder what interests it’s really serving.”

Assange seeking US legal guarantee, The Age, Philip Dorling June 25, 20 JULIAN Assange hopes his bid for political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London will elicit diplomatic guarantees that he will not be prosecuted by the United States on espionage and conspiracy charges.
However, Foreign Minister Bob Carr yesterday renewed the Australian government’s strong criticism of WikiLeaks and indicated support for Mr Assange will remain limited to routine consular assistance in the
absence of confirmation of US extradition moves. In an interview with
The Age Mr Assange argued that his circumstances were “a serious
political matter … [that] the Australian Government should treat with
the seriousness it requires.”
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“I have been attacked by the US, from the Vice-President down, as a
high-tech terrorist, and by the Swedish Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister – surely that requires some direct response from the Gillard
government.”….
Mr Assange told The Age he was present when the Ecuadorian ambassador
was telephoned by the high commission and that “the Australians had
nothing of substance to say – [it was] just an information-gathering
exercise.” ”
Foreign Minister Carr told the ABC Insiders program yesterday that he
had received no indication from discussions with two unnamed American
officials that the US intends to seek Mr Assange’s extradition.
“There is not the remotest evidence that is the case,” he said.
Senator Carr added that US officials “haven’t been able to rule out
that one corner of the American administration is considering
[extradition], but I would expect the US wouldn’t want to touch this.”
Diplomatic cables released under freedom of information legislation show that in December 2010 the Australian embassy in Washington reported to Canberra that WikiLeaks was the target of an ”unprecedented” US criminal investigation focussed on possible espionage charges…..
Mr Assange observed that it was “fascinating to note that the government is at odds with popular opinion; it’s not acting in its electoral interests – which makes one wonder what interests it’s really serving.”
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/assange-seeking-us-legal-guarantee-20120624-20wfi.html#ixzz1yq8m1DTR

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June 24, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, Wikileaks

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