Australia secretly seeks the release of its founder through diplomatic channels. WikiLeaks, Julian Assangewho Closer to extradition from the UK to the USPrime Minister Anthony Albanese declined to deny this Monday, local media reported.
An anonymous government source told the Sydney Morning Herald that the issue of Assange and his release had been resolved. Raised by representatives of the Albanian government To senior US officials, according to an article published on Sunday.
Asked in Melbourne this Monday about the issue, Albanese said he had already clarified his stance when he was leader of the opposition and said: He was in favor of Assang’s release.e, however, refrained from explicitly verifying the information.
“I intend to lead a concerned government. diplomatically and appropriately with our partners,” Albanese said shortly, without going into details.
While still leader of the opposition last December, Albanese was the founder of WikiLeaks. “He has already paid a high price for the publication of this information” and said he did not see the use of “the continuing persecution of Mr. Assange”.
Despite his own discretion, Albanese’s statements today represent a shift in the position of the former ruling Liberal-National coalition, which was in power from 2014 until last May, and which justified Assange’s cause. in the hands of the justice of his two alliesUnited Kingdom and United States of America.
For WikiLeaks founder Stella Assange’s wife, Canberra’s new approach gives her a “sense of change” in direction, as Canberra told Australian public broadcaster ABC, but she added that “the Australian government looks “obvious” . Talk to your closest allies to close this case.”
Assange, who was charged with 18 espionage and computer hacking charges following the disclosure of his website about US violations in Guantanamo (Cuba), Iraq and Afghanistan. closer to being delivered to that country After British Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the extradition order last Friday.
Following the Minister’s signature, after a British court approved Assange’s surrender on 20 April for consideration by the UK Government, The defense has 14 days to appeal the decision.
Assange’s legal team – imprisoned in the UK for over a decade without conviction and In Belmarsh High Security Prison since 2019East of London – believes the Australian journalist could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in that country in the United States.