CONSULATE GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA
1000 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-4299
ATTN: Consul-General Mr. Scott Dewar
RE: Extradition of Mr. Julian Assange, Founder of Wikileaks, to Sweden
Dear Mr. Dewar,
I am writing to you as a supporter of Mr. Assange. As you are aware, he awaits the UK’s Supreme Court decision on whether Mr. Assange should be extradited to Sweden for questioning over sexual offenses. This decision should be announced next week.
I have been following Mr. Assange’s case extensively for well over a year and I am also a member of “Friends of Wikileaks” here in Hawaii. What I find alarming is the lack of support that the head of Australia’s government is giving in this case. The facts are clear that Mr. Assange has cooperated with Sweden and that there are no charges whatsoever against him, yet he remains under house arrest in London for well over 450 days with an ankle monitor strapped to him.
I would like to submit to you for your review, the actual facts on Wikileaks:
It has also come to light over the last few weeks that there appears to be a sealed indictment issued by a secret Grand Jury in the US. An indictment under the 1917 Espionage Age could be the most serious action taken against Mr. Assange. Australian Senator Scott Ludlam (Greens Party) has requested (many times) confirmation from PM Julia Gillard and to date, she has refused to respond to whether she is aware of the US secret indictment or not. This to me, is unacceptable. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and should have all the protections his country affords him.
Also for your information, I am providing a link to a briefing in Canberra in which Jennifer Robinson of the firm Finers Stephens Innocent details the timeline of events that transpired in the Sweden case. She is part of the legal team representing Julian Assange in the extradition proceedings requested in Sweden. It is clear within these transcripts, that Sweden’s prosecutor has been uncooperative toward Mr. Assange’s defense team.
There is an enormous amount of support for Mr. Assange in Australia and around the world. Supporters such as Presidential Candidate 2012 Ron Paul per quote:
” If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?” ,
and MP Jamie Parker
(NSW/Balmain) http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20120308127? open&refNavID=HA8_1 and including, but not limited to Michael Moore, American filmmaker.
If Mr. Assange were to be extradited to Sweden, based on UK’s Supreme Court decision, we as supporters request from the Australian government:
(1) Australia send independent observers to Sweden on behalf of their countryman, Julian Assange
(2) Observe the conditions of detention which Mr. Assange will be exposed to in Sweden and in the United States should he be extradited there. It is well known that the UN special rapporteur who observed the conditions in which Bradley Manning (US soldier who was held in solitary confinement for nearly a year) endured, including cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. For this very reason, Friends of Wikileaks insists Australia provides Mr. Assange with qualified observers both during questioning in Sweden and if necessary, in the US.
Thank you for reviewing these facts. Australia needs to stand up for their countryman, journalist Julian Assange.
Friends of Wikileaks-Hawaii
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