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Could 2023 be the year Julian Assange is released

Jan 23, 2023   •   20 MIN

Twelve years ago, ‘cable gate’ was published by Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.  251,000 confidential cables from the US State Department were released, disclosing corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale.

 

Assange claimed asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 and in 2019 was arrested on a US arrest warrant.  He has now been held for three and a half years in a high security British prison usually used for terrorists and members of organised crime groups.  We’re joined by Greg Barns SC, an Australian barrister, author, political commentator, to get the latest on Assange’s case.

 

Assange is wanted for 18 criminal charges and if convicted, he faces up to 175 years in prison. There are growing calls and pressure for the Biden government from both inside the United States and overseas, to drop Assange’s protracted prosecution.  So will 2023 be the year Assange is released?

 

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