Christine Assange – “The reason I support Wikileaks is not because Julian is my son, it is because I think Wikileaks is doing a good job, and it is what journalists should be doing.”
Interview by Mehdi – First published on 12-03-2012
Wikileaks’ revelations have had more impact than ‘simply’ revealing the true state of affairs in national and world politics: they have also showed that puppet governments (at the hands of powerful private interests) would stop at nothing to discourage such revelations from happening again in the future. Unfortunately these governments do not intend to change their policy to one that is more respectful of the foundations of democracy; they rather prefer to go after Wikileaks and its supporters, starting with its editor Julian Assange and his family. One way of attacking Assange has been the widespread use of smear and disinformation, made easy by the de-facto control of the mainstream media by the establishment (political and corporate).
We publish here our interview with Julian Assange’s mother, who is leading her own fight, a fight against that same smear based on making the facts of Wikileaks and her son’s complex case widely known, both on the Internet and in the street.
Assange and Wikileaks’ fight and its outcome are critical to the future of democracy: we urge you to (like says Christine) “get your facts”, and then join the action.
Can you tell us briefly about yourself Christine?
I am Julian’s mother, I’m 61 years old, I live in Queensland and I’m a freelance theatre worker. I make a living in a creative way and I enjoy painting and drawing. I also like swimming, and I live in a simple way. I don’t like computers much (laughs) but I’m getting a good education on the internet about the state of the world as I am currently helping Julian in his fight against extradition. I can’t tell you more about myself because I’m currently in hiding in a secret location for security reasons.
How was Julian when he was a child? Did anything suggest that he
felt such a strong commitment to justice and truth?
No, not in that sense, except that he was sensitive and compassionate. He wasn’t a child that valued material things. He loved nature, he had a gentle rapport with animals, and he was kind to people. He always asked “why” and enjoyed discussing theories, and he was quite a reader.
And a bit adventurous maybe?
Yes, quite adventurous. He liked to go exploring with his dog Poss, and enjoyed doing other adventurous things like building rafts with his friends on the river. He also enjoyed traveling.
Do you think illegal, anti-democratic and dangerous influence by corporate and political lobbies is taking place today at the Australian government level?
I think it’s gotten a lot worse. It’s safe to say that our government is virtually owned by the US at the moment, especially the Prime Minister. It’s shown by the fact that in the Parliament only the Greens would stand up for Julian, even though the Australian public is very supportive of him and Wikileaks, and even though the top thinkers, lawyers, human rights activists, academics, intellectuals, editors have come out in public. And yet the Prime Minister is doing what the US wants, even though everybody else disagrees with it (Julian has an 87% support rate in Australia) – and this is because she may be working for the US and not for the Australian people.
After the publication of Cablegate by Wikileaks, the Australian government threatened to cancel Julian’s passport, which set a dangerous precedent. How much do you think an Australian passport is worth today, and what does it say about the government’s concern for its people’s safety?
It doesn’t seem that it’s worth much under this government, does it? That’s what a Stratfor email said: a Stratfor analyst was advising to cancel Julian’s passport at approximately the same time as Robert McLelland [former Attorney-General of Australia] came out and suggested cancelling Julian’s passport. So basically it all goes back to the same issue: Australia is not acting as an independent nation, but merely as a “colony” of the US.
There have been suspicions for a while about a secret indictment against Julian following a secret Grand Jury in the US but now, thanks to the Stratfor emails release, we have confirmation of the existence of that ‘anti-public-scrutiny’ indictment since early 2011, over a year ago…
Yes, there obviously has been a Grand Jury. What concerns me is that this Grand Jury is made up of a jury in the area where there’s a high concentration of military contractors and their families, i.e. Alexandria, Virginia, and there’s four prosecutors, no judge and no defence team allowed, therefore it cannot by anybody’s standards in a democratic society be considered by people as a just jury. It’s a Star Chamber, a set-up, and any indictment coming from a Grand Jury that’s run that way should be considered invalid by any government, just like any subsequent extradition warrant by the US. Continue reading