On Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February 2012, the Supreme Court in the UK will hear WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange’s last appeal against extradition to Sweden. If unsuccessful, Assange could be extradited to Sweden within 10 days and from there quickly and secretly sent on to the US under a legal device known as “temporary surrender”.
In the US he would face prosecution by a hostile government for publishing information which should be freely available to all, including evidence of war crimes and corruption in governments around the world. Numerous high profile US politicians and commentators have called for Assange’s assassination and US financial services companies have blocked donations to WikiLeaks.
According to official sources the Australian Government has done nothing to protect Assange beyond seeking assurances from Sweden and that he will be “accorded due process”. This is woefully inadequate given the political forces mobilised against him and is tantamount to support for the US position.
The attacks on Julian’s rights are an attack on the human rights of all Australians and the right of people around the world to speak the truth. It’s up to us to show the Gillard government that we will not stand back while a fellow Australian is persecuted by the corrupt forces he helped expose.
Join us in a vigil for Julian in Sydney during his Supreme Court hearing: Town Hall Steps, 5 pm, 1 and 2nd February.
Please bring placards and gags to represent the attempts to silence Julian and WikiLeaks.