Supporters rally in Brisbane for WikiLeaks’ Assange

From: AAP  – June 20, 2012 9:30AM

SUPPORTERS of Julian Assange will hold a vigil in Brisbane as they wait to hear if Ecuador will grant the WikiLeaks founder political asylum.

Supporters will gather outside the offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this morning, as Mr Assange awaits Ecuador’s decision.

He’s currently holed up in the South American country’s embassy in London, after seeking asylum on the grounds he is a victim of political persecution.

Mr Assange is trying to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he says are baseless.

He claims the US has secretly indicted him for divulging American secrets and will act on the indictment if Sweden succeeds in extraditing him from Britain.

Supporter and vigil organiser Ciaron O’Reilly said the vigil was a gesture of support for an Australian citizen who, like himself, had been failed by DFAT.

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