‘It’s time to end an injustice. For that reason, I want to share with you a mother’s heartfelt plea for her jailed son, Julian Assange. In return, I ask you to share this email and her message widely.
But first, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, yesterday declared that Julian Assange should not be extradited or tried in any foreign court, saying:
In a liberal democracy, care must be taken to avoid laws that stumble around how basic rights may come and go…
Julian Assange is a current case in point. As an individual, whether you like him or despise him, it is beyond him, given his circumstances, to protect his rights by himself…
It is a case of how our citizen is protected and judged. Imagine a sliding door moment, and it was not Assange but you who was in court in Britain…
You must also set aside the grave issues that surround the actions of Assange. They are a separate matter to the key issue: where was this individual when he was allegedly breaking US law for which the US is now seeking his extradition from London?
Assange did not steal any US secret files, US citizen Chelsea Manning did. Assange did publish them. In Australia, he received a Walkley Award in journalism for it. Assange was not in breach of any Australian laws at the time of his actions. Assange was not in the US when the event being deliberated in a court now in London occurred. The question is then: why is he to be extradited to the US? If he insulted the Koran, would he be extradited to Saudi Arabia?
This final point is worth considering. If an Australian writer did insult the Koran, Mohammed or Islam, would we seriously countenance their extradition to an Islamist regime to answer for the crime of blasphemy? If not, then why is Assange subject to the laws of a foreign country of which he is not a citizen?
Yesterday, I spoke with Julian Assange’s mother, Christine about the unfolding situation surrounding her son. Not only did a foreign court recently rule that her son — an Australian citizen — could be extradited to a foreign nation to face trumped-up charges, but news came out that he had suffered a mini-stroke during the extradition hearing. This follows revelations that the CIA tried to have her son killed. Sending him to the USA may yet end up resulting in his death. You might recall that I pointed out last year that the current resident of the White House Joe Biden referred to Assange as a “high tech terrorist”.
Christine has given me her permission to share her thoughts with you about her son’s plight, which you can read in full below. Once again, I ask you to share this email and her message widely.’https://nationfirst.substack.com/p/its-time-to-end-an-injustice?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email&utm_content=share&token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo0MjUyOTI1MiwicG9zdF9pZCI6NDU0NDkwMzgsIl8iOiI1ZCtnNSIsImlhdCI6MTYzOTY5NDIwMywiZXhwIjoxNjM5Njk3ODAzLCJpc3MiOiJwdWItNDU0MTgyIiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.rYSjnMc0aAnr1ss8YiW99zBNSDvBo3twGtnUTd5BtzI
“A statement by Christine Assange, mother of Julian:
FIFTY years ago in giving birth for the first time as a young mother, I thought there could be no greater pain. But it was soon forgotten when I held my beautiful baby boy in my arms. I named him Julian.
I realise now that I was wrong. There is a greater pain.
The unending gut-wrenching pain of being the mother of a multi-award winning journalist who had the courage to publish the truth about high level government crimes and corruption.
The pain of watching my son who sought to publish important truths, being endlessly globally smeared.
The pain of watching my son who risked his life to expose injustice, being fitted up and denied a fair legal process, over and over again.
The pain of seeing my healthy child slowly wasting away from being denied proper health and medical care for years in detention.
The anguish of seeing my boy cruelly psychologically tortured to try and break his huge spirit.
The constant nightmare of him being extradited to the US and being buried alive in extreme solitary confinement for the rest of his life.
The constant fear the CIA will carry out its plans to assassinate him.
The rush of sadness as I saw his frail exhausted body slumping from a mini-stroke in the last hearing due to chronic stress.
Many people are also traumatised by seeing a vengeful superpower using its unlimited resources to bully and destroy a single defenceless individual.
I wish to thank all the caring decent citizens globally protesting Julian’s brutal political persecution .
Please keep raising your voices to your politicians till it’s all they can hear.
His life is in your hands.