On the subject of Julian Assange. Also in reference to David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib...?
Julia Gillard ought to be ashamed. She stood back as Shadow Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs when Hicks and Habib were subjected to torture and imprisonemnt.The PM at the time John Howard.actively supported their captors in all their efforts to detain and then silence both men.All this.when neither of them had broken any laws either of Australia or of the countries in which they were arrested..
Now they have abandoned Assange to the vagaries of what we laughingly refer to as the International Justice System.
I believe Julian Assange is a rapist about as much as I believe that Charlie Sheen is ready to leave Rehab.
Why does our Government behave like this.?
And why do we as Australians allow them to do so?
And why have they written orders that these last two men should never speak in public or to a journalist or any publisher about whjat happened to them whilst in the custody of the great United States military justice system...on pain of being returned to prison? And that the publisher of any information so obtained, the writer and the camera crew who film any revelations will also be subject to custodial sentences...If they have nothing to hide?
Habib has seen a new enquiry orsered into his case at least...since he began to sue the Government for compensation...and they knew the Civil Courts would unearth some nasty truths.
...with a very tight Confidentiality clause