Assange not our concern - Australia
Assange’s situation “doesn't affect Australian interests,”
Australia’s Foreign Minister Robert Carr told a US Senate budget
estimates committee, adding that the country would no longer be
making any representations to the US regarding him.
Carr stated that the country wouldn’t be raising the question of
Assange’s free speech protection with the US, also saying that no
inquiries would be made into whether a US grand jury was still
placing him under intense scrutiny.
His comments fell as the Manning trial began this week. During Manning’s trial, US military prosecution have alleged that Assange conspired with Manning in the theft of classified information, through advising him on ways to browse SIPRnet ‘anonymously.’
Assange responded last month to Carr’s earlier accusations that it was sheer ‘fantasy’ that the US were seeking to extradite him by way of Sweden. He lashed out at Carr, calling him a well-known liar, whose “ignorance is only eclipsed by his arrogance,” in an interview with US program ‘Democracy Now.’
A spokesperson for Carr stated that “name-calling doesn't
alter the fact that Mr Assange has received more consular
assistance than any other Australian in similar
His statement comes shortly after Australia said that they would “continue to offer Mr. Assange consular assistance as he faces his legal issues overseas.” However, Carr told the Sydney Morning Heraldon on Thursday that he would not “over-service” Assange’s consular requirements.
The US Justice Department is still undergoing an ‘unprecedented’ criminal investigation into Wikileaks, according to Assange.
He is still sheltering in the UK’s Ecuadorian Embassy, stating
that if he leaves or sets foot on British territory, he faces
extradition to Sweden on the grounds of alleged sexual
misconduct, and also potentially to the US. Ecuador and the UK
are expected to enter discussions regarding Assange’s future
later in June.