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Mexican journal heightens Australia request to U.S. on Assange case

Mexico City, 30 July (Prensa Latina) Mexico´s La Jornada journal heightened today's request from Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong of concluding the judicial process to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been arbitrarily arrested by UK.

Assange, an Australian citizen who remains in a British jail, is struggling against his extradition to United States where he´s facing 18 charges.

In a press release in Brisbane after a meeting between Australia and United States, Wong said Australia had left clear that “Assange´s case has been taken too long, and our desire is to reach a conclusion”.

Speaking alongside Defense Minister Richard Marles, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Wong said representations had been made on Assange’s behalf publicly and privately, but there were limits to what could be done until his judicial process was concluded.

“I understand that Assange has lodged a renewal of appeal request in UK. The Australian government is not a party to these legal proceedings, nor can we intervene,” she said.

Blinken confirmed that Assange’s case had been raised in bilateral talks, but reiterated the government’s official lie that “Mr. Assange was charged with very serious criminal conduct in the United States in relation to his alleged role in one of the largest breaches of classified information in our country’s history”.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has denied several times this lie, as Assange neither did espionage activities, violated laws, nor any of the 18 charges by the US government.

The Mexican leader insisted that the major problem is that Assange told the truth about what really happened in Iraq and other places, uncovered corruption and violation of rights and laws in the United States, so that´s why they want to silence him and punish him for using his right to freedom of speech.

Australia is supporting a campaign to secure Assange’s release before his possible extradition to the United States. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said in May that he was “frustrated” by the ongoing detention, La Jornada concluded.


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