As Julian Assange continues to languish in a British prison, a growing number of politicians from his native Australia are speaking out against his incarceration and the U.S. espionage indictment against him for publishing defense information.
Australian politicians gathered on the lawn opposite Parliament in Canberra on Monday to call on the Australian government to press the United States to drop its charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and have him freed from London’s Belmarsh prison where he remains on remand pending a U.S. appeal against the decision by a British judge to deny his extradition to Alexandria, Virginia.
Speaking were MP Andrew Wilkie; Senator Peter Whish-Wilson; Senator Janet Rice; Dr. Sue Wareham of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War; Bernard Collaery, former attorney general for the Australian Capital Territory; military whistleblower David McBride; WikiLeaks activist Jacob Grech and Assange’s father, John Shipton.
Consortium News was there to film the event.
Video by Cathy Vogan in Canberra for Consortium News.
Video by Raine Cilicia in Canberra for @Melbourne4Wiki.