Below is the text of a letter which was read on my behalf at #Rally4JA events held in Australia. I know that at the Sydney rally it was read by a friend and hero of mine Antony Loewenstein. The text is also available on the Stop The War Coalition’s website.
I would like to start by saying how honoured I was when asked to write this letter.
I must also take this opportunity to thank Mr Assange for the time he has taken to raise attention regarding my case. Someone of his profile finding time to speak about my situation would be worthy of thanks in any case. Given the far more serious persecution he is facing, it shows a remarkable sense of solidarity and concern for others.
The situation is stark. The possibility of Assange’s extradition is very real and very imminent. We know that Sweden has participated in the US program of extraordinary rendition, allowing two men, Egyptian citizens, to be kidnapped by American operatives and taken to Egypt for torture.
We know that the Australian Government cannot be trusted to stand up to America and protect its citizens from such treatment, as was so amply demonstrated by the cases of David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, and is demonstrated now by their ongoing failure to act on behalf of Mr Assange.
The Swedes say that the only reason for the extradition is so that Assange can be questioned regarding charges relating to his personal conduct within Sweden – not because of his work with Wikileaks.
If this is really the case, then why don’t they first guarantee he will not be taken from Sweden into US custody? Why doesn’t our government demand it of them?
The answers to these questions are painfully obvious.
Once more our government is set to sell out the rights of an Australian citizen at the request of imperial HQ in Washington.