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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/in-with-assange/story-e6frg8h6-1226472526277

Phillip Adams - The Weekend Australian Magazine

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Four Corners <Australia's longest running investigative journalism television program> got the Swedish story about right. Swedish policing and investigative procedures are a shambles - and, leaving aside the risks of being extradited to the US, Julian is right to doubt the readiness or willingness of the Swedish authorities to give him a fair treatment. The way the enquiry was mishandled should make the Swedes feel ashamed. As ashamed as Gillard's government should feel over its gutless performance in regard to Julian and WikiLeaks - with talk of treason and legal proceedings where clearly no crime had been committed. Rather the opposite: WikiLeaks has revealed the crimes of governments.

Not that grovelling to the US over "national security" issues is new. Think of David Hicks at Guantanamo - and the Howard government's complicity in the extraordinary rendition and torture of Mamdouh Habib.

Assange has already endured years of incarceration over sexual allegations that smack of the spurious - with critics chanting "rape", wilfully ignorant of the facts revealed by Four Corners. Sweden is a sideshow. The major issue is the war on WikiLeaks, and the prospects of Assange joining Bradley Manning in some US hell-hole are well founded.

Having been abandoned by his own country, Assange is now trapped in a South American embassy to avoid being handed over to our North American friends. His personal isolation is echoed in the plight of WikiLeaks itself - with what Julian calls "economic censorship" enforced by the US, by having credit card companies cut off the flow of donations. If you'd like to help, let me know - there are still ways and means. Email me at PhillipAdams1@bigpond.com.au.
I'll put you in touch.

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