/ 22 February 2024

Albanese aids Assange

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

The second day of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal in a London court has concluded, with lawyers for the US outlining why they think he should face charges over WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive government information. They say there were “individuals who have subsequently disappeared since the publication of the cables”, and that many “lived in war zones or under oppressive regimes.” Before that hearing overnight, PM Anthony Albanese said he was working with Assange’s legal team to figure out a way to free him and that it was time he was brought home. Yesterday, his wife Stella Assange drew a comparison with Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, saying Assange “is a political prisoner and his life is at risk”. The hearing has ended, and the judges’ ruling is not expected before mid-March.

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