The judgment in WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange’s final appeal against extradition to Sweden was handed down by the UK Supreme Court on Wednesday 30 May.
Breaking news: Julian has lost his appeal.
Assange now faces being sent to Sweden by force within 10 days. From Sweden, he could be sent immediately to the US where he faces prosecution for publishing information just like any other journalist.
Rallies on the 31st May: Details on Wikileaks Central
Assange has been under house arrest in the UK for over 530 days, a situation which Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, has admitted is “extraordinary”. And Foreign Minister Carr has called aspects of the Swedish justice system “an outrage by Australian standards”. But they have done nothing to assist Assange.
Instead, our Prime Minister Julia Gillard labelled Assange a criminal and her government has been quietly passing legislation which will potentially make it easier for Assange to be extradited to the US, should he ever return to Australia. They have denied all knowledge of the sealed indictment against Assange and continue to block FOI requests for information relating to documents relating to potential US extradition, reportedly at the behest of the US government.
National Rallies occuring on the 31st May
Where: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 55 Currie Street, CBD
When: 12PM - 2 PM
Contact: AFOWikileaks@googlegroups.com, Twitter: @ADFOWL
All night solidarity vigil
When: 4PM May 30th - 6PM May 31st.
Where: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 295 Ann St.
Contact: Ciaron AT yahoo.com
Event on Indymedia calendar
Where: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sydney Avenue, Barton ACT
When: 12PM – 2PM and 4:30PM – 6PM
Contact: Twitter: @wirnpa
Where: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2 Lonsdale St.
When:12PM – 2PM and 4:30PM – 6PM
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, @AusFoWL, email@example.com, @akaWACA
Melbourne Facebook Page
Event on Indymedia Calendar
Where: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 123 Pitt St.
Stop the War Coalition Sydney
Where: Drumming Circle, Main Beach
When: 4PM onwards, May 30