This is a statement from Australian broadcaster Phillip Adams. It was read at a WikiLeaks support rally in Sydney on January 15, 2011. Mr Adams is an Advisory Board member of WikiLeaks and a highly respected Australian media presenter.
"First right-wing bloggers called for Assange's assasination. Now voices in Washington want 'the death penalty on the table' if they can get him into a US court. I'm proposing we put him up for sainthood - but after Wikileaks leaks on the Vatican that may be out of the question.
Thirteen years ago we decided that Late Night Live (ABC Radio - heard around Australia and the world), needed a 'cyber-space' correspondent to tell us what was going on in that parallel universe. So the well-informed Suellete Dreyfus came on board as a regular commentator. That year she introduced me to a young hacker called, yes, Julian Assange - a leading member of what she described as 'the underground'.
Now, that's a term with very proud associations - particularly with those in France who bravely fought the Nazi occupiers - and this seemed a bit of a stretch between blowing up railway tracks and hacking into computers.. Nonetheless even I could see the potential of this new era of subversion - to fight the mighty powers and monoliths in politics, finance, media and even religion.
So when Julian contacted me a few years back - to outline his ideas for Wikileaks - I was delighted to join his advisory board. As I've been pointing out to the CIA (and others in the spook trade) while Julian hasn't been asking me for advice I'm happy to maintain my unswerving support for what he and Wikileaks have done to embarrass our masters. The big game has been changed forever - the mighty will always be looking over their shoulders and find it harder to lie. Or at least find new ways to do it. Democracy is being democratised, tyrannies exposed and millions who've been fed bullshit for generations are now able to confirm their suspicions. Any attempt to hand over Assange to the US - or any other country seeking to silence Wikileaks. - must be resisted. Australian governmental attacks on Wikileaks? A disgrace".
Phillip Adams AO
This Statement was issued to, and read at, the WikiLeaks support rally in Sydney, Australia on January 15, 2011.
Phillip Adams is an Australian broadcaster, film producer, writer and social commentator. He currently hosts a radio program, Late Night Live, four nights a week on the ABC (Australian national broadcaster), and he also writes a weekly column for the News Limited-owned newspaper, The Australian. Mr Adams is on the Advisory Board of Wikileaks.
Amnesty International's 2009 Media Person of the Year
In 2009 Julian Assange was awarded the Media Person of the Year Award 2009 Amnesty International.
Millions of Ausies longing for true leadership
CRIMES ACT 1914 - SECT 28
Interfering with political liberty
Any person who, by violence or by threats or intimidation of any kind, hinders or interferes with the free exercise or performance, by any other person, of any political right or duty, shall be guilty of an offence.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.
Surely our Prime Minister and Attorney General are guilty of violating this law regarding their past and continued dispicable conduct towards Julian Assange.
These words are specific - 'Any person'
'by violence or by threats or intimidation of any kind'
'hinders or interferes with the free exercise or performance'
'by any other person'
'of any political right or duty'
'shall be guilty of an offence'.
There can be no doubt left to be had with those words as the word 'any' covers everything from mild to wild.
This is worded to give Australians the widest scope of freedom anywhere in the Western world, but sadly it is not followed by Liberal or Labor parties.
Few people know this law exists. So here it is. Every patriot should as I had done many years ago, learn this piece of law. It may save your neck one day.
It may also help to bring charges on particular government Members for what they had said and what they had done.
Now get to work all you budding layers and collect the evidence and build a case against 'THEM'.
If there is not quite the burden yet, then don't worry, these traitors will continue to say what their American masters wish to hear and so in time then it will be 'Gotcha' baby, you're under arrest.
Am I dreaming or can some brilliant minds rid Australia of these traitors and more through use of our law and legal system to mete out Justice for and on behalf of Australians?
Or... do we wait too long and the only chance of freedom is with much loss of life and all the other hardships that follow during and after war, civil or external.
Those of you with resources, those of you with brains and resources, get off that bloody fence now and start acting Australian. 'It's Time'
Remember Eureka Stockade.
There are millions of Ausies that are longing for true leadership, so the time is fast arriving where we must make a stand.
Remember, also that petitioning gives the framer/ custodian, signatories, the same immunity from prosecution as Members of Parliament so long as the petition is written within the rules.
Remember, petitions may be used concurrently with other legal means for prosecution cases.
There is more to that, but no sense letting the enemy know everything lol.
Stephen Olof Wikblom Murray Bridge S.A.
Millions are now able to confirm their suspicions
I completely agree with you that Democracy is being democratised, tyrannies exposed and millions who've been fed bullshit for generations are now able to confirm their suspicions. Any attempt to hand over Assange to the US - or any other country seeking to silence Wikileaks. - must be resisted.