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Use the 'special relationship' to stop Assange extradition: Di Natale

 Australian Greens Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale has called upon the Australian Government to swiftly intervene to ensure that Julian Assange is not extradited to the United States.
“This arrest is a dark day for press freedom around the world,” Di Natale said.
“Regardless of what you think about Assange as an individual, he is facing extradition to the US on charges relating to his work to shine light on potential war crimes – an act that won him Australia’s highest honour for journalism.

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Statement on the third anniversary of Julian Assange's claim for political asylum

On the third anniversary of Mr Assange's entry into the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Senator Scott Ludlam joins with many millions of WikiLeaks supporters around the world to acknowledge the continuing value of the organisation, even as we condemn the hostility with which its staff and volunteers have been treated by Western governments including our own.

Three years ago today, Julian Assange entered the embassy seeking political asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

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Greens deplore 35 year sentence for Bradley Manning

The Greens believe that Private First Class Bradley Manning's trial and sentence sets very dangerous precedents for whistleblowers, journalists, publishers and democracy itself. 

"After more than three years in prison, initially in an animal cage and sometimes stripped naked, Bradley Manning has been sentenced for 35 years (with 1294 days credit) for telling the truth about dirty wars," said Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Communications spokesperson.

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Senate pushes for PM to retract prejudicial WikiLeaks statements

The Senate has today insisted the Prime Minister retract prejudicial statements made against WikiLeaks.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam successfully moved in the Senate that the Prime Minister retract these statements, or identify when such a retraction would be issued.

"Prime Minister Gillard should retract the statement she made on the 2 December 2010 and 7 December 2010. The PM claimed the work of WikiLeaks is illegal. Subsequently the Australian Federal Police investigation found WikiLeaks had broken no Australian laws.

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Easy solution for PM on prejudicial WikiLeaks statements

The Australian Senate will vote today on a motion calling on the Prime Minister to indicate whether she intends to retract prejudicial statements against WikiLeaks, and the Australian Greens have called on the Government to support the motion.

"Our Prime Minister is a lawyer and knows it is inappropriate for the Executive to interfere with legal proceedings. She should retract the statement she made on the 2 December 2010 and 7 December 2010," Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said this morning.

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Assange fear of US rendition vindicated by ‘enemy of the state’ brand

Australian citizen and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange would face a military show trial if extradited to the United States, the Greens said today.

"It is time Foreign Minister Bob Carr got on the right side of history and took every diplomatic measure possible to bring Julian Assange back to Australia," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"We have long argued that Washington intends to drag Mr Assange to the United States and throw him into the same anti-legal black hole in which Private Manning and Guantanamo Bay inmates now languish.

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