Consular help for Assange ‘useless’, says mother

1 Jun 2012, 12:21 pm   –   Source: Kristina Kukolja, SBS

The mother of Julian Assange has called on the federal government to ‘come out and list exactly what they’ve done’ to provide consular assistance to her son.

The mother of Julian Assange has called on the federal government to ‘come out and list exactly what they’ve done’ to provide consular assistance to the Australian WikiLeaks founder in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden.

“[It’s] low level stuff, cups of tea stuff. Whatever it is, its minor, so minor that Julian’s lawyers and Julian say it’s virtually useless, nothing to do with his human rights, his legal rights,” Mrs Assange said.

“There may be some little office works stuff, we’ll bring you sandwiches and grant the occasional interview,” she said.

Mr Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning over sexual assault allegations.

AUSTRALIA ‘AIDING US’

But Christine Assange says she fears Australia is working with the United States, in preparation for an effort to extradite her son and put him on trial over the publication of US diplomatic cables.

She told SBS Radio the federal government is misleading the Australian people about the help it’s offering her son.

“This is a PR exercise by Foreign Affairs. We know that that information goes straight back to the US, they’ve done a lot of talking with the US over this case,” Mrs Assange said.

The federal government has repeatedly said that the WikiLeaks founder is being afforded the same consular support as any other Australian citizen would receive.

“It’s true that they can’t actually tell Sweden that they should run a court case in the same way that Australia would run a court case, but what they can do is protest vigorously about the fact that the Swedish court case is continually breaching its own police and prosecutorial protocols,” Mrs Assange said.

SECRET US WARRANT

Meanwhile the US denies secretly preparing legal action against Julian Assange.
Jeffrey Bleich, US ambassador to Australia said Washington was not preparing a warrant his arrest.

”There is no such thing as a secret warrant. Period. They don’t exist,” Mr Bleich said.

Read more and watch the video: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1655327/Consular-help-for-Assange-useless-says-mother

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