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Credit card corporations blockade on Wikileaks deemed illegal - Greens welcome court ruling

The Australian Greens welcomed the decision by the Reykjavik District Court that credit card holders should not be prevented from donating funds to Wikileaks.

"Credit card companies here have trampled the right of Australians to donate to a legal organisation engaged in legal activities," said the Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

"Both MasterCard and Visa imposed a blockade on Wikileaks on the same day - December 7th, 2010. It's arguable that this constitutes cartel-like behaviour.

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Six month wait for a lot of blank paper

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam made Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Attorney General, and their departments in December seeking cables and documents on the possible extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Six months later, the Department has handed over a pointless collection of trivia, blank paper and documents that were already in the public domain.

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Government isolated on prejudicial statements on Assange

A Greens motion in the Senate passed today with Coalition support, calling on the government to withdraw prejudicial statements made on Mr. Julian Assange.

“Grossly irresponsible statements have been made by lawyers in our Cabinet.  In December 2010 the Prime Minister stated that Wikileaks publishing diplomatic cables was illegal.  A quick investigation by the Federal Police proved otherwise.  The Prime Minister has never apologised or withdrawn that statement,” Senator Ludlam said.

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Australian Government’s failure drives Assange to Ecuador asylum bid

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's dramatic bid for political asylum in Ecuador is a clear declaration of no confidence in the Australian Government's willingness to protect him from US prosecution, the Australian Greens said today.

A statement from the Ecuadorian foreign ministry notes Mr Assange has argued: "a regrettable factual statement of abandonment received by the authorities of my country, Australia".

The statement notes that the matters subject to grand jury investigation in the United States carry long jail terms and potentially the death penalty.

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Fight or flight? Government must take a stand for Assange

The Australian Greens have urged the Government to take immediate action to prevent the onward extradition of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange from Sweden to the United States.

"Mr Assange now faces a further two weeks in legal limbo as his team explores avenues to appeal the decision to extradite him to Sweden," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"The Australian Government has turned its back on Mr Assange, despite the unprecedented action of Swedish prosecutors seeking an extradition order simply for questioning."

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