Stop the War Coalition
Last week WikiLeaks began publishing emails from a global spying corporation, Stratfor. Over 4,000 of those emails mention Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and reveal the extent of the campaign to silence WikiLeaks and its founder.
Stratfor Vice-President, Fred Burton wrote in an email on 26 January 2011: “we have a sealed indictment on Assange.” While this appears to confirm what supporters of Assange and WikiLeaks have feared, our government continues to deny any knowledge of it.
In the coming weeks the UK Supreme Court will deliver judgment in Assange’s final appeal against extradition to Sweden. Many facts of this case suggest it’s being used as a precursor to US extradition. Our new Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, has himself questioned whether Assange could ever receive a fair trial in Sweden, calling aspects of the Swedish judicial system “an outrage by Australian standards”.
In the US Assange would likely face charges under the archaic Espionage Act (1917) for publishing information like any other media organisation. Our government’s consistent refusal to defend Assange suggests contempt for press freedom and for the rights of the Australian people they are supposed to represent.
Please join us at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday 7 March to defend Assange, defend our rights and defend free speech. Bring placards to let the new Foreign Minister know we expect him to take action for Assange NOW.
NB: The next meeting of the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition will be held after the protest. If you would like to attend that meeting please meet us at DFAT.
Where: DFAT, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney
When: Wednesday 7 March, 5-6.30pm
For more information call Linda 0401 511 588
Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM