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May 31, 2012

Parliament Square hums with Assange discontent

A sunny day in Parliament Square, Big Ben shining, the remnant anti-war protest still attached to the security barriers, and a crowd anxious over the fate of a new freedom fighter.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

“I went down to the demonstration / To get my fair share of abuse” (The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want)

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  1. Snowdog

    Lurked for years, but finally seen the best Crikey quote ever:

    “…Glasgow swingers’ clubs, mnurgggghhh”

    Can I have that on a t-shirt please?

    Seriously:
    Image of first dog’s interperative dance bandicoots;
    “Glasgow swingers’ clubs, mnurgggghhh”
    Crikey logo

    – Marketing / Promotional gold.
    Thanks, Guy

  2. Suzanne Blake

    For the UK Courts to rule on Assange on points not argues by either side is wrong and with no right of appeal in the UK and breech of process.

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    SB, we agree on something.

    Have to admit I laughed out loud over Coulson being charged with perjury during a perjury trial.

  4. zut alors

    ‘… like a Carlton one, it doesn’t count.’ Nice one, Guy.

    I fear for Assange but, at the same time, he is accruing Martyr Points which will leave all other parties looking, in varying degrees, ethically bankrupt.

    Adam Bandt (Greens MP, Melbourne) raised the matter in Question Time today with Gillard offering the usual assurances and platitudes about ‘consular support’ and ‘due judicial process.’ Which made me even more apprehensive.

  5. Andrea2012

    Nice contrast b/w Brian Haw and Julian Assange. Freedom fighters from different eras.

    Will be sending my local MP an email to request

    “The Australian government should demand Assange not be “loaned” to the US, while he is being held incommunicado on remand (or simply for questioning) in a Swedish prison”

    Guy, many thanks. If we don’t stick up for Julian Assange, who will be next?

    Legal argument from the dissenting judge arguing that UK Parliament passed the legislation on the English understanding of the term “judicial authority” seems the most logical. Since when do the English think anything French worthwhile? Oh, political expedience makes strange bedfellows.

  6. Suzanne Blake

    Assange will end up in the USA if he goes to Sweden, the cagey answers by Gillard and Co, the UK and US authorities give the game away

  7. kennethrobinson2

    The USA, will always win, up here in the “TOP END” we have the US Marines with us, but they are not subject to Australian Law, they come under the US Military Justice System, via the “VISITING FORCES ACT 1963”, just as the Poms are under EU law.
    Poor old Julian is a goner!, and there is not a bloody thing we can do about it!.

  8. Frank Birchall

    Heard an ABC news report a couple of hours ago to the effect that the US Ambassador to Australia has stated that the US has no interest in extraditing Assange. Seems totally at odds with background evidence but, if true, a welcome comment.

  9. michael r james

    “Yet both The Guardian and The New York Times have abandoned Assange, based on various conflicts with him — a stance they may well live to regret.”

    Yes, if it comes to it (Assange under trial in the US) what will the NYT’s position be? Will they take one position for an American patriot/leaker (Ellsberg) and a different one for a foreigner (Assange, who is explicitly supported by Daniel Ellsberg) with whom they co-operated to do exactly the same thing? Of course they can, they’re American.

    And tricky too for Gillard. Well, it shouldn’t be the least bit tricky since it is clear as could be what she should do, but alas she inexplicably manages to get on the wrong side of simple things. And is Bob Carr a potential dissident in the ranks, despite his cheerleading of the Americans? He did hand out the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize to Dr. Hanan Ashrawi in the NSW Parliament despite coming under intense pressure from the Jewish and American lobbies. And we have a new Attorney General who appears of independent mind.

  10. michael r james

    Oops, forgot that pesky moderator:

    MICHAEL R JAMES
    Posted Thursday, 31 May 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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    “Yet both The Guardian and The New York Times have abandoned Assange, based on various conflicts with him — a stance they may well live to regret.”

    Yes, if it comes to it (Assange under trial in the US) what will the NYT’s position be? Will they take one position for an American patriot/leaker (Ellsberg) and a different one for a foreigner (Assange, who is explicitly supported by Daniel Ellsberg) with whom they co-operated to do exactly the same thing? Of course they can, they’re American.

    And tricky too for Gillard. Well, it shouldn’t be the least bit tricky since it is clear as could be what she should do, but alas she inexplicably manages to get on the wrong side of simple things. And is Bob Carr a potential dissident in the ranks, despite his cheerleading of the Americans? He did hand out the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize to Dr. Hanan Ashrawi in the NSW Parliament despite coming under intense pressure from the J*wish and American lobbies. And we have a new Attorney General who appears of independent mind.

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