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Government’s “Hear no evil, see no evil” routine on Julian Assange

The Government are neglecting their duties to Australian citizen Julian Assange by failing to disclose information on his potential extradition to the US, the Australian Greens said today.

"Today in Senate Estimates I asked Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr and his department if the Australian Government had sought advice on whether the US Government is seeking to extradite Julian Assange," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam. "I was repeatedly told that the Australian government "was not aware of any evidence" of a sealed indictment on Assange."

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New leaks show our Freedom of Information system is broken - Greens

Revelations of what the Australian Government knew about the US campaign against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange expose the fatal flaws in our FOI system, the Greens said today.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam said the FOI system was in "critical condition" after his December 2011 FOI requests yielded virtually nothing about the potential extradition of Australian citizen Mr Assange to Sweden or the USA.

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Wikileaks, Assange and Defending Democracy

Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens spokesperson on Communications, will join Crikey journalist Bernard Keane and lawyers Greg Barns and Lizzie O’Shae on the stage at 6.30pm tonight in Melbourne to speak on Wikileaks, Julian Assange and Defending Democracy. 
 
“The event at the BMW Edge in Federation Square sold out very quickly because Australians care about freedom of speech and human rights – online and offline.  They also care about the fate of Australian citizen Julian Assange,” Senator Ludlam said.
 

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Government can’t say what it would do to protect Assange from the US, Senate can’t admit the Walkley Foundation thinks he’s a journalist

The Government and the Opposition took squirming to new heights today in regards to the threat of prosecution in the USA faced by Australian citizen and WikiLeaks chief, Julian Assange.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam asked Labor's Chris Evans, as the Senator representing the Prime Minister, what the Government knew of the sealed Grand Jury indictment against Mr Assange.

"Either the Government has been kept ignorant by their American allies for thirteen months, or they have been keeping the sealed indictment a secret from the Australian public.

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Assange indictment: is the Australian Government ignorant or complicit?

"A private intelligence firm in Texas has known of a sealed Grand Jury indictment on Australian citizen Julian Assange for more than one year. When did our government know?"

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will ask this question of the Prime Minister's representative in Senate Question Time today.

"Has the United States Government kept this indictment secret from Australia for 13 months, or has the Prime Minister been keeping it secret from us?"

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 6:30PM - Public Forum: WikiLeaks, Assange and democracy: Don’t shoot the messenger

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will speak at a public forum in Sydney tomorrow evening presented by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition and supported by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

The aggressive response of governments and corporations to the work of publishing organisation WikiLeaks raises serious questions about the future of the internet, government and corporate accountability, and freedom of speech.

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