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Jul 27, 2012

Are the govt’s Assange redactions
unjustified?

New FOI documents on Julian Assange reveal little -- except the breadth with which bureaucrats interpret FOI exemptions.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The government has again used FOI exemptions to block scrutiny of its handling of the Julian Assange case, including redacting material already publicly available.

This week the Attorney-General’s Department released its response to Greens Senator Scott Ludlam’s FOI request for material relating to the Assange case. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released its heavily redacted response (large file) at the end of June.

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32 thoughts on “Are the govt’s Assange redactions
unjustified?

  1. Gocomsys

    Did I mention that everything is always the federal governments fault? “Limited News” and the LNP said so. It must be true.

  2. Kevin Herbert

    After the surrender for torture of two Aussie passport holders, supported by both the Howard and Gillard Governments, who would believe anything our ignoble national government says about Assange.

    DFAT is a sub branch of the US State Department…..end of story.

    I’m ashamed to be an Aussie passport holder.

  3. drsmithy

    Ecuador have just invited Sweden to interview assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, it will be interesting to see if they take them up on this offer as he is only wanted for questioning.

    Assange quite explicitly said on numerous occasions he would be happy to be questioned by the Swedish authorities in the UK, either in person or via videolink. They didn’t take the opportunity then, so there’s no reason to think they’ll do it now.

  4. Apollo

    He can face the music and let it be, if the US really get him then he will be a true martyr and prove the US is the real Satan people say it is, dodging things is tainting his image and giving the left a bad name.

  5. Liamj

    The point of show trials is not due process, it is to intimidate other subversives, so its no surprise that DFAT keeps the hood on. But do they know more than that anyway, or are they just following the manual from the US & UK?

    If there was any honour all these (DFAT ONA ASIS ASIO DSD..) clowns would have resigned after Iraq-WMD war crime was launched, but i know money is a popular substitute for honour.

  6. AR

    LiamJ -“The point of show trials is not due process, it is to intimidate other subversives” is beautifully illustrated by the letter sent by the US State dept to Ms Robinson, Assange’s Oz lawyer when this imbroglio began, full of vague threats & innuendo against her!
    Or take the Crown’s statement at trial of the Sydney airport Customs bloke at his sentencing hearing “… a custodial sentence is sought as a warning to other public servants.”!!
    “Die on your feet or live on your knees” sang a bald headed Oz rocker way back when – not sure what happened to him though.

  7. Oscar Jones

    “Gocomsys
    Posted Friday, 27 July 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Did I mention that everything is always the federal governments fault? “Limited News” and the LNP said so. It must be true.”

    And yes it is their fault.
    When Australia’s majority news organisation doesn’t bother reporting that a gormless US politician says on TV that Assange is a ‘traitor’ and gives the game away by revealing that they regard us as ‘citizens’ when it suits, our lot are complicit.

  8. izatso?

    Apollo, you’re not shinin’ …… an’ not volunteerin’ much, either. Like to see your style of dodgin’ when your existence is threatened. ….. and your not interestsd enough to know the details anyhow. Prat.

  9. Apollo

    Izatso

    I’m. It here to volunteer for anybody or to shine.
    Be consistence, if you keep talking about respecting the law and due process then dont run away. If the Brit court say Sweden can extradite then respect it, face Swedish court and see whether there really is a female victim that need justice or prove if the US is that evil instead of keep throwing allegation at them.

    I would have strong interest if he only dedicate his work to expose wrong doings in responsible manner.

  10. Apollo

    I’m not here to volunteer

    Typo

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