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Biden Admin Rejects Australian Request for Letting Go of Julian Assange

Biden Admin Rejects Australian Request for Letting Go of Julian Assange

The witch-hunt for Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange that started in the Obama-Biden administration continues in the Biden-Harris administration as Biden’s Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has rejected the Australian government’s request to drop its judicial pursuit and extradition of Assange to the U.S.

At a press conference on Saturday (July 29, 2023) in Brisbane, Australia, Blinken told Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong that Australia needs to understand the serious nature of the concerns the United States has over Assange’s publication of classified information, damaging national security. Blinken was cited in media saying: 

The actions that he is alleged to have committed risked very serious harm to our national security, to the benefit of our adversaries, and put named human sources at grave risk of physical harm, grave risk of detention.

Following Blinken’s statement on Assange, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told reporters on Tuesday (August 01, 2023) that his government remains firm in its position that the U.S. end its prosecution of Julian Assange, who is an Australian citizen.

“This has gone on for too long. Enough is enough,” said  Albanese, as cited by the Associated Press.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a criminal investigation into Julian Assange in late 2010 when the Obama Administration’s Attorney General (AG), Eric Holder, condemned the damning revelations published by Wikileaks posted publicly that year, showing acts of war crimes committed by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan under the Bush and Obama administrations. The revelations came from classified files, including video footage, leaked by former army soldier Chelsea Manning.

The DOJ didn’t charge Assange under the Obama administration. Mike Pompeo as CIA director under President Trump, spied on journalists meeting Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, UK, in 2017 and the DOJ worked on Assange’s indictment, which was finally unsealed in 2019.

He was charged with illegally obtaining, receiving, and disclosing classified information. The U.S. government has since pressured the British authorities into extraditing Assange to America to be tried here.

Assange has lost one appeal against his extradition order issued in 2021 in the concerned British court and is awaiting the decision of his next appeal, which could be his final appeal in a British court.

In public opinion, free speech advocates have widely condemned the prosecution of Assange as intimidation by the corrupt powers that want to make an example of him to stifle whistle-blowers and independent journalists. This year in May, free speech activists interrupted an interview with Anthony Blinken at the Global Press Freedom Day event, calling for freeing Assange.

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  1. Mike f

    I really don’t understand the point you are trying to make with this post. Three administrations have all sought to try assange. Not everything in the government records should be published without regard to content. The Biden administration is following the correct path here…

  2. Darren

    Well who would know more about Government Secrets, Assange or Biden?
    Yet Biden tells all to our enemy’s?
    Oh ya, what a bad guy Assange is.

  3. DeDeflyover

    Assange exposed corruption in our government, not “military secrets” that would jeopardize our security. Biden has done more to hurt our security by opening his bragging mouth. Like exposing the Seal Team who took out Bin Ladin only to have their chopper mysteriously blown out of the sky. He’s let the world know we are short on armaments because we’re supplying Ukraine. How about draining our Strategic Oil Reserves and selling them to our enemy, China? I’d say that’s jeopardizing our National Security. This is all just about revenge for someone exposing Obama/Biden’s dirty shenanigans.