Australia opposes death penalty as Assange supporters march

Leroy Wright
April 14, 2019

Morrison on Thursday told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Assange would be receiving the same consular assistance as other Australian citizens.

"It doesn't matter what particular crime it is that they're alleged to have committed, that's the way the system works", Morrison said.

Senators react on Capitol Hill Thursday after WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he's been seeking political asylum.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ruled out any "special treatment" for Julian Assange after his arrest in London.

British police said he was arrested for skipping his bail in 2012 and on behalf of the US due to an extradition warrant.

The 47-year-old Assange has been living inside Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012, where he was granted asylum. The Justice Department said Thursday that Assange has been indicted on a single charge of conspiring to steal military secrets with Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who supplied thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

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Sweden is reportedly considering re-opening the sexual assault charges.

"The extradition of Julian Assange to the USA for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government", Jeremy Corbyn warned on Twitter hours after Assange's arrest.

Mr Assange refused to leave the embassy, fearing arrest and extradition to the USA for releasing classified military and diplomatic documents through his investigative journalism operation, WikiLeaks. He also said the action was taken after a US extradition request.

Australia says it will oppose the death penalty for Julian Assange if he's extradited to the United States, as protesters in Sydney called for his release and Australia's journalists' union voiced support for him.

Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno issued a video statement Thursday explaining his country's decision, saying it had "reached its limit" on his behavior.

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