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Albanese needs to use ‘assertive strong action’ to free Julian Assange

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Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says the time for “whispers and secret handshakes” is over as Albanese government says it will attempt to get Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s freedom diplomatically.

“Julian Assange has been incarcerated for near on a decade both in the Ecuadorian embassy and must be about three years now in Belmarsh prison in London,” he told Sky News Australia.

“I, and I think a lot of people, have given the new government time to resolve this but there we were last Friday and the British home secretary actually signed off the extradition of Julian Assange to the US.”

Mr Wilkie said the government should employ “assertive strong action” to get Mr Assange home.

“Anthony Albanese, you’ve got a good relationship with Boris Johnson and Joe Biden, please pick up the phone and demand that this madness end,” he said.

“When you boil it all down, we’ve got a Walkley Award-winning Australian journalist and Australian citizen who in 2010 revealed hard evidence of US war crimes.

“Surely he’s suffered enough, surely he can be released from Belmarsh, the extradition can be dropped and he can be allowed to return home if that’s his wish.”Read More

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