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Fanyajuu

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Ludlam to back Assange at London appeal
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:14:16 AM »
Ludlam to back Assange at London appeal
19:01 AEST Thu Nov 24 2011

A Greens senator will travel to London to attend the appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the High Court.

West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam said he was concerned Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Attorney-General Robert McClelland had gone completely silent on the issue after initially pronouncing him guilty when he was first arrested.

"I think that's the most dangerous thing," Senator Ludlam told AAP on Thursday.

Mr Assange will face court in London on December 5 when his appeal on his extradition to Sweden to face questioning over claims of sexual assault against two women will be heard.

Senator Ludlam said he planned to attend the hearing in support of Mr Assange.

He questioned whether the federal government had failed to fully protect Mr Assange.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd appeared to be doing his job by activating the consular network available to Australian citizens for Mr Assange, but had deferred questions relating to the WikiLeaks founder's extradition to Sweden to Mr McClelland.

Senator Ludlam took his questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's office on Thursday, calling on her to clarify if the matter was raised with President Barack Obama or his delegation during the presidential visit to Australia.

He also asked if the Attorney-General's Department had used its powers to spy on WikiLeaks or its people.

"Will the Australian Government prevent Mr Assange being further extradited from Sweden to the United States for doing what the media have always done, which is bring to light material that governments would prefer to keep secret?"

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8379502/ludlam-to-back-assange-at-london-appeal

Flavia

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Re: Ludlam to back Assange at London appeal
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2011, 11:40:43 AM »
"Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd appeared to be doing his job by activating the consular network available to Australian citizens for Mr Assange, but had deferred questions relating to the WikiLeaks founder's extradition to Sweden to Mr McClelland."

Well...Mr McClelland (better, the Attorney General's Office) has got a lot of messages supporting JA...and each supporter has got an Auto Reply saying "Thank you for your message to the Attorney-General, The Hon Robert McClelland MP and for bringing your views to the Government's attention. If you have supplied a postal address, a reply may be sent to you via Australia Post. Your message may also be forwarded to other Federal Ministers for their consideration."

So, I guess something's gotta give.

Fanyajuu

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Re: Ludlam to back Assange at London appeal
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 13:18:30 PM »
Press conference - November 24, 2011
Greencast | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam
Thursday 24th November 2011, 4:14pm

Senator Ludlam spoke to the media about the questions on notice he received back from Foreign Minister Rudd about Julian Assange.

Audio of Senator Ludlam's press conference:
http://greensmps.org.au/content/greencast/press-conference-november-24-2011