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Australia: 'That's not a crime, that's journalism' - Assange supporters gather outside British Consulate in Melbourne03:00

Australia: 'That's not a crime, that's journalism' - Assange supporters gather outside British Consulate in Melbourne

Australia, Melbourne
September 18, 2022 at 20:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of people gathered Sunday in Melbourne on Sunday to protest against Julian Assange's extradition to the U.S

Carrying banners and posters in support of the journalist, demonstrators marched from the Public Library to the British Consulate in the state of Victoria.

"The certain crime that Julian has been incarcerated for, they put him in one of those concrete cages, is the crime of exposing the criminals, of exposing co-lateral murder, exposing the crime of the destruction of Iraq", declared one of the speakers of the event.

"We can not allow this prosecution, a prosecution over a journalist if we believe in truth", said another speaker.

Earlier in August, the WikiLeaks co-founder’ lawyers filed a lawsuit against the CIA and former director Mike Pompeo, alleging their conversations had been recorded and data from their phones and computers copied.

Assange remains in the UK’s Belmarsh Prison, as his team continues to fight extradition. He faces 175 years in jail if convicted of espionage. Home Secretary Priti Patel approved Assange's extradition in June, while Assange’s lawyers have appealed to the High Court.

Australia: 'That's not a crime, that's journalism' - Assange supporters gather outside British Consulate in Melbourne03:00
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Dozens of people gathered Sunday in Melbourne on Sunday to protest against Julian Assange's extradition to the U.S

Carrying banners and posters in support of the journalist, demonstrators marched from the Public Library to the British Consulate in the state of Victoria.

"The certain crime that Julian has been incarcerated for, they put him in one of those concrete cages, is the crime of exposing the criminals, of exposing co-lateral murder, exposing the crime of the destruction of Iraq", declared one of the speakers of the event.

"We can not allow this prosecution, a prosecution over a journalist if we believe in truth", said another speaker.

Earlier in August, the WikiLeaks co-founder’ lawyers filed a lawsuit against the CIA and former director Mike Pompeo, alleging their conversations had been recorded and data from their phones and computers copied.

Assange remains in the UK’s Belmarsh Prison, as his team continues to fight extradition. He faces 175 years in jail if convicted of espionage. Home Secretary Priti Patel approved Assange's extradition in June, while Assange’s lawyers have appealed to the High Court.