This afternoon the Independent Member for the Australian federal electorate of Clark, Andrew Wilkie MP, tabled a petition in the Australian Parliament calling on the US extradition of Julian Assange to be dropped and for Mr Assange to return to Australia.
The petition has more than 270,000 signatures and is one of the largest ever tabled in the Australian Parliament. It sends a powerful message to Australian parliamentarians that a great many people from right around the world are appalled at the injustice being experienced by Mr Assange.
“A lot has been said and written about Julian Assange and there’s a broad range of views about the man. But the fact is, he is being politically persecuted for publishing information that was in the public interest, including US war crimes,” Mr Wilkie said.
“That the perpetrator of those war crimes, America, is now seeking to extradite Mr Assange to face 17 counts of espionage and one of hacking is unjust in the extreme and arguably illegal under British law.
“If it goes ahead, not only would Mr Assange face 175 years in prison, but the precedent would be set for all Australians, and particularly journalists, that they are at risk of being extradited to any country they offend.”
A link to the petition can be found at: http://chng.it/sM4nTkMR