Albanese rules out calling for Assange’s paron
PM Anthony Albanese says the topic of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was on the agenda at the White House last week, but he didn’t ask US President Joe Biden to drop the case against him. Albanese reiterated Aussie authorities’ calls for Assange’s case to be “brought to conclusion” but said that his counterpart “doesn’t interfere with the Department of Justice”. Assange has been detained in London’s Belmarsh prison since 2019 after being charged with espionage by the US over the release of thousands of classified military documents in 2010 and 2011. He’s been fighting against America’s attempts to extradite him to the US, where he could face up to 175 years in jail. Last month, a bipartisan group of Australian politicians travelled to Washington to push for his release. Commentators reckon the only way Assange will stay out of the US legal system is if there is some sort of political intervention.
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