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Australian Prime Minister refuses to intervene publicly on Julian Assange extradition

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The British Government approved last week the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder to the US, where he faces espionage charges and up to 175 years in prison.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected calls to publicly demand that the US drop the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange, however, he stressed that he stands by his previous comments opposing his persecution, collect local media.

Supporters of Assange have urged Albanese to intervene in the case since the British Government approved the last week the extradition of the cyberactivist to the US, where he faces charges of espionage and up to 175 years in prison.

Albanese, who came to power last month, assured that he would continue with the issue out of the public eye and added that his government would continue to focus on raising its position on the decision through diplomatic channels.

“There are some people who think that if you put things in all caps on Twitter and put an exclamation point, that somehow makes it more important. It’s not like that,” he told reporters.

Likewise, he stressed that he supported his past comments, where stated that did not see the purpose of the “continuous persecution” Assange and that “enough is enough.” direct to U.S. President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Assange’s behalf.

“End this madness”

“I have no doubt that Anthony Albanese has and enough influence over the British prime minister to end this if he picks up the phone and says, ‘stop this madness'”, pointed out Wilkie to ABC, while noting that Albanese’s relationship with Biden is “good enough” to “pick up the phone and say, ‘stop this madness.'”

Likewise, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, and Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong responded to London’s decision by saying the “Assange case has dragged on too long and should be closed”.

Formerly the wife of WikiLeaks founder Stella Assange mentioned to ABC that there has been a “change” in the British Government’s approach to the case since Labor won the election and stressed the need for immediate intervention.

“It is obvious that the The Australian government can and should talk to its closest allies to close this issue “, specified Stella.

Assange’s lawyers have 14 days from the date of the ruling to file an appeal in the UK High Court.

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