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Australia FM: 'No hint' of Assange US extradition

AFP/The Local · 24 Jun 2012, 09:17

Published: 24 Jun 2012 09:17 GMT+02:00

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Assange, an Australian, took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London on Tuesday to seek asylum so as to avoid his extradition to Sweden on rape allegations, saying he fears Stockholm will hand him to the United States.

Carr said he had raised the issue of the possible extradition of Assange, a former computer hacker, to the US on two occasions with American officials.

"When I have raised it... I've received no hint that they have got a plan to extradite him to the US," Carr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Assange says he believes the United States wants to try him for divulging US secrets after WikiLeaks released a flood of classified US information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables.

But he has conceded there is no current US indictment against him.

"Of course not, at the moment the matter is before the grand jury," he told Australian media on Friday. "Until it comes out of the grand jury there will not be such evidence afforded."

Carr said he had no indication this was going to happen.

"There's not the remotest evidence that that is the case. No US figure has confirmed that to us," he said.

"I suppose you could argue they wouldn't confirm it to us to the last moment. You could say that the justice department is proceeding on this and US officials in state or in a diplomatic mission like in Canberra wouldn't be aware of it. Certainly that can't be discounted as a possibility.

"But I can say, when I've said to a senior US official, 'Assange is an Australian citizen, we've got an interest in this. Have you got plans to extradite him?', they haven't said they have got plans to extradite him.

"They haven't been able to rule out that one corner of the American administration might not be considering it, but I would suspect that the US would not want to touch this."

Carr said if the US, a close ally, had wanted to extradite Assange they could have done it during the two years he has been in Britain, a country with which Washington has a "robust extradition arrangement".

Assange, 40, dramatically sought refuge in Ecuador's London mission last week, saying he felt his country of birth had not protected him, a claim dismissed Sunday by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

"What Mr Assange and his supporters... seem to misunderstand is that there is nothing that the Australian government can currently do that it has not been doing," she told Channel Ten's Meet The Press.

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Roxon said Canberra had only limited powers in the case because Assange -- who she said she did not believe was "either a hero or a villain" -- was not in Australia or charged with an Australian offence.

"He is at the moment subject to a complaint in Sweden, which is a criminal matter, and we believe Australians need to adhere to the criminal laws of other countries," she said.

"That's not abandoning an Australian, that's actually just saying people have to comply with other countries' laws."

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa is considering Assange's request for asylum.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:20 June 24, 2012 by Iraniboy
...and he continued: "If there will be a hint then of course we are ready to scrap our citizen's right and extradite him to the US to be jailed forever!"
10:26 June 24, 2012 by salalah
"At the slightest hint we will tie the f****r up and send him by cargo, cause I like Hillary so much and I like to kiss A**..."
13:27 June 24, 2012 by Nomark
Well, where is the evidence that he'll be extradited ? The UK has a noriously lopsided and generous extradition treaty with the US. If the US wanted him then why not get him from their closest NATO ally ?

I realise that applying sceptical thinking to JA's statement doesn't lead to comfortable conclusions from some. However, that's no reason to abandon reasoning.
14:31 June 24, 2012 by bcterry
The village idiot could figure out that if America wanted him extradited, it would already be a done deal.
14:46 June 24, 2012 by Nomark
There are a lot of idiots in the global village.
10:51 June 25, 2012 by smilingjack
Bob Carr - the man in question nearly bankrupted the state he controlled for a decade during this biggest boom in oz's history. He was a state member of an uber corrupt government who then promoted him to the federal level where they continue to be uber corrupt. we have an australian federal MP from the same party ( who thanks to wiki leaks ) was in constant touch with the US about turfng out the then prime minister. we have - at the insistence of the USA - christian chaplains in every school and are one of the few countries opposing gay marriage - once again at the USA;s insistence. Dont believe anything you read from the australian government - they also take their direction straight from the united states. we now have 2 permanent american military bases on our soil and our entire military is supplied bu the USA. when it comes to governments sucking up to america australia beats sweden hands down.

we are the sycophantic champions of the world.
15:07 June 25, 2012 by bcterry

You should be thankful to have the U.S. as strong allies.

The U.S. has more allies than any other country in the world, there are very good reasons for that, and those allies aren't all sycophantic.
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