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Feb 5, 2016

UK, Sweden fast running out of excuses to detain Assange

A UN panel finding that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained shines a light on the deliberate strategy of the UK and Swedish governments to leave him in legal limbo.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

As anticipated, the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) overnight announced it had found Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained by the United Kingdom and Sweden. The British government, which was advised of the decision two weeks ago, leaked the news to the BBC yesterday.

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  1. zut alors

    Do we actually think the Australian government will respect a ruling from the UN?

    Let’s hark back to their ruling on whether it was justified to invade Iraq – a firm ‘no’. Nevertheless, the USA, the UK & Australia defied the UN due to a common bond &/or self interest. The USA is itching to get its tentacles on Assange.

    Julie Bishop, we’re watching….

  2. Kevin Herbert

    The Australian Government has no influence in this sad saga whatsoever.

    As a vassal State of the US (as are the UK & Sweden), Canberra has to take its marching orders from the US State Department.

    Never forget that with more than 30% of Australia’s GDP exported annually to the US, Washington DC can send Australia’s economy into a tailspin in no time at all.

    Along with Japan, South Korea, Germany, Indonesia & the UK, we are merely servants of
    the Wall St-led neocon gang who control the US political system….and it’s this gang that want Assange imprisoned for the term of his natural life.

  3. James O'Neill

    If one is waiting for Julie Bishop to do anything consistent with legal principle it may be a long wait. Frankly, she is a pathetic embarrassment as a Foreign Minister as may be seen from her constant nonsense on Syria and Russia, and her conspicuous silence on the illegal activities of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    ZUT: Are you suggesting our beloved government could be anything less than compassionate, wise, intelligent and not ridden with lobby groups; fundamentalist religious rat bags, and the innate honesty of someone like Peter Dutton?

  5. AR

    This decision will join the queue in usefulness with Angel PinHead dancing.
    Barring a total change in the US military/industrial complex, Assange can never feel free to walk unguarded & breathe free air.
    Clinton was asked about whether she would continue efforts to render him yesterday and say, with uncharacteristically little waffle, that she would.
    And, when all is said & done, it is far easier for the UK to flick him onto a black flight via Shannon to the Benighted States than Sweden. They’ve done it a number of times for alleged offences that are not even illegal under UK law.
    That is the true state of things under the Hegemon.
    Satraps, STFU!

  6. AR

    “..and said with uncharacteristically little waffle, that she would.”

  7. Marion Wilson

    Why is our Government making such a fuss about “withdrawal of citizenship” when it has made it clear that it will not do anything to protect us from unlawful behaviour by us and by foreign governments? Not just Julian Assange but also David Hicks, Vivian Salonge and Mamdouh Habib have been thrown to the wolves.

  8. Dogs breakfast

    Exactly Ms Wilson @7. Leave Australia and your on your own. Stay in Australia and the government wants to access every phone call, website visited, movements etc.

    Thank god we’re a free people.

    Not sure about your percentages Mr Herbert. Ross Gittins keeps reminding us that our economy is prtty stable around 80% internal, so hard to imagine how we would be exporting 30% to USA, who isn’t even our major trading partner (China!)

  9. AR

    Possibly KevH meant 30% of our trade, import & export.
    For the last 15-20 years, far & away our largest trade <deficit has been with our Great & Good Hegemon.

  10. AR

    ..sorree.. I’ll get the hang of this highlighting, later or sooner. Hopefully.

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