Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called on the US government to stop prosecuting Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than a decade. On Wednesday of the Assange case, Albanese said, “Enough is enough.” “The time has come to bring this matter to a conclusion.” Albanese stressed that he also made this clear in discussions with US government officials. “My position is clear.”
Assange initially sheltered in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for years. Since 2019 he has been imprisoned in a maximum security prison near the British capital. The US is seeking his extradition for publishing nearly 700,000 classified documents on US military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2010 on the WikiLeaks website, including explosive information about civilian killings and prisoner abuse.
Assange could face up to 175 years in prison in the United States
The British government decided to extradite Assange. However, the 51-year-old appealed in early July. In the United States, the Australian faces up to 175 years in prison.
Albanese made it clear that he had little sympathy for Assange’s actions. However, he sees no point in extending the legal proceedings against him endlessly.
The Australian head of government referred to the case of American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who was pardoned by the then US President Barack Obama in 2017. His 35-year sentence was reduced to seven years for stealing US military secrets. (AFP)
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