Calls for Australia to ‘get involved’ in Assange extradition trial

Published on February 25, 2020 by

Barrister Greg Barns says “there is still room and time” for Australia to “get involved” in the Julian Assange extradition case.

The Wikileaks founder underwent the first day of his extradition trial on Monday where he is facing charges relating to the publication of classified documents.

Mr Barns told Sky News Assange’s crime was to reveal “the war crimes of the US” but he “is an Australian citizen facing an effective death penalty for that fact”.

“There is now some greater urgency in the matter and more people now saying why doesn’t the Australian government get involved,” he said.

He also said the report of secret recordings of Mr Assange were “an egregious breach that ought to be concerning to all Australians” because “it showed a level of misconduct on the part of the US”.

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