Assange fear of US rendition vindicated by ‘enemy of the state’ brand

27 Sep 2012 | Scott Ludlam

Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy

Australian citizen and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange would face a military show trial if extradited to the United States, the Greens said today.

“It is time Foreign Minister Bob Carr got on the right side of history and took every diplomatic measure possible to bring Julian Assange back to Australia,” said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

“We have long argued that Washington intends to drag Mr Assange to the United States and throw him into the same anti-legal black hole in which Private Manning and Guantanamo Bay inmates now languish.

“The Greens have urged the Australian Government to do everything it can to prevent the rendition of Mr Assange to the United States to face a show trial, but our efforts have mostly been met by obfuscation and second-rate theatre. It has long been known a US Grand Jury has been empanelled to seek an indictment on Mr Assange, but the shadow boxing from our own Government has continued.

“Now, declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under American freedom-of-information laws, have revealed the US military has designated Mr Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States – the same legal category as al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

“Our Government has repeatedly denied knowledge of any American intention to charge Mr Assange or seek his extradition, but Australian diplomatic cables released under freedom of information over the past year-and-a-half have shown there is an unprecedented US Justice Department espionage investigation targeting WikiLeaks.

“It’s time for the Australian Government to take a strong public stand against Washington’s plans to destroy an Australian citizen because he revealed embarrassing truths about America’s politics and America’s wars.”

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