“Here [in Assange’s case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives.” — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture
The current Australian crackdown follows the example of the United States in its charges against and attempt to extradite Julian Assange.
Since the United States charged journalist Julian Assange with 17 counts of Espionage Act violations -- charges that could see Assange facing the death penalty -- Australia appears to be following America’s lead and cracking down on free press, particularly journalists and publications that publish government secrets. Australia -- Assange’s