𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐔𝐒 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞.
Micheal Moore 04 March 2021 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Australian Senate Feb 23 2021 “I’d like to make a heartfelt appeal tonight speaking in the Australian Senate Chamber to US President Joe Biden and the new US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Firstly attorney general congratulations on your recent appointment my appeal to you is to prioritize, review and walk away from your appeal seeking the extradition of Australian award-winning journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
While I understand the US Department of Justice recently decided to appeal the UK court’s decision not to extradite Julian Assange.
I also understand it would have been very out of the ordinary for an acting attorney general waiting for a new attorney general in a new administration to stop any high-profile case before they started.
I also understand the US prosecutor in the Assange extradition case recently said there is division within the Department of Justice on proceeding with this appeal.
So this is a decision I hope you will no doubt be reviewing and contemplating shortly gentlemen after judge Vanessa Baraitzer on the 5th of January this year accepted all your prosecution’s substantive arguments for the extradition of Julian Assange legally and politically speaking you now hold the high ground.
You won your moral victory, the judge also made it clear by rejecting extradition on mental health grounds that Julian Assange is a broken man and extraditing him would be paramount to murder.
You can now stop this extradition appeal with a stroke of a pen.
I and many others are asking why would someone so powerful continue to pursue a sick broken man. It looks very personal and very political, the full resources of one of the world’s great nation states intent on the destruction of one man. That is hardly fair now is it?
My fellow Australian citizens may be many things across all political colors but we all have an innate sense of fairness. Pursuing Assange will be seen as an overreach. A chorus of voices from around the globe are echoing this.
If you proceed with this appeal you will risk undermining your legal judgment and your high ground certainly in the court of public opinion.
And if Mr. Assange dies in prison you also risk a significant backlash not to mention martyring him.
If you succeed in any appeal, and he faces trial in the USA – you risk the actual trial being on the real and existential threats to press freedom, the first amendment and much much more, rather than the alleged espionage activities of Assange and Wikileaks.
If you drop this extradition treaty now your sword or the prospect of another extradition or worse will hang over Julian Assange for the rest of his life. You get to have your cake and eat it politically speaking if you walk away now – you have made your point.
Gentlemen both of our parliamentary systems are based on the ancient republic of Rome. One thing the Romans knew too well was that the more powerful you became the more you needed to be challenged and held to account. Who is there in this day and age to hold the powerful to account? A greatly diminished free press perhaps – which your extradition threatens to its core? Whistle blowers who you throw in jail? Your deeply divided partisan political system?
I think not. It is if this gentleman if it is not just the destruction of Julian Assange that you seek but also what he represents, then I ask you to consider this: Politics today feels like it is full of lies and liars. So many lies, layers upon layers of them. Call it our post-truth world or whatever. But we both know it is eating away at our parliaments and institutions of democracy. And you would know this better than anyone – the man whose administration you replaced has been called out lying over thirty thousand times during his presidency.
Without a value on truth and truth telling there is only one path left to tread and it gets more dark and more dangerous from here. Again you should know this better than anyone after the desecration of your own capital all because of lies. Lying with no consequences and no accountability.
What is there left if we demonstrate we don’t value the truth – especially from our leaders? Lies are the cancer on our polity.
You might truly believe that what was published by Wikileaks on the Iraq war was stolen by a whistle blower Chelsea Manning and to quote Mike Pompeo- published by a hostile actor Julian Assange and Wikileaks. But I ask you to please put politics and personality aside and ask yourself how is it morally hostile that publishing war crimes, other criminality, exposing lies in deceit – so that citizens know the truth – how is that hostile?
I’m sure like myself on honest reflection you were both angered and deeply saddened by some of the terrible things that were made public in these disclosures. Things that needed to change.
I’d ask you to reflect on the fact that everything published, the documents you are extraditing Assange over were 100% factual and clearly in the public interest. No lies here this is beyond dispute.
Now these disclosures may well make you uncomfortable, and the manner in which they are made public may make you angry.
But surely citizens have a right to know what is done, the decisions that are made in their names, in their countries’ names with their taxpayer dollars. Especially when this involves invading another country and the aggression and tragic loss of life involved in a war.
And I remind you reliable estimates and credible estimates have put the civilian death toll of the Iraq war at over a million people. You see it was a lie and a terrible deceit that led us to war in Iraq in the first place. Your country and mine and manufactured deception by some of the most powerful people and organizations on this planet perhaps the most egregious dangerous lie of our time. And it appears they have all got away with it.
By going after my fellow countryman Julian Assange you are going after the truth teller of this terrible war, this dark chapter in our collective history and by doing so you are reminding people of this lie.
They will not forget this. It is not acceptable to send any messages that crimes can be covered up and truth tellers prosecuted and persecuted in the name of secrecy and national security.
I invite you to reflect on how this looks and how this extradition appeal process will simply continue to erode trust in our political leadership in our democracy, in our institutions, and importantly in our nation’s deep and abiding friendship. But most importantly in eroding the value of truth, and truth telling.
I trust you are honest men and you value the truth and the importance of protecting press freedoms, especially at this juncture in history.
Once more I invite you to reflect on what is really at stake here and choose the truth. It’s not too late and history will judge you well for this intervention.”
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