Are Assange’s fears justified?

Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance

Sourced at: SMH

Philip Dorling

June 23, 2012 – 12:03AM

A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange places a placard with the slogan "We are all Assange" below another that reads "Ecuador, country of freedom" on the railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London this week.A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London this week. Photo: AFP

 THERE has been a predictable storm of media commentary following Julian Assange’s dramatic bid to seek political asylum at Ecuador’s London embassy. Many commentators have been dismissive of Assange’s claims he is at risk of politically-motivated United States espionage charges.

It has been repeatedly claimed there is “no evidence” of any US prosecution and that the WikiLeaks founder is only engaged in a desperate bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about sexual assault allegations.

Prominent among the hostile press is The Guardian, the British newspaper that profited handsomely from Assange’s decision to share with it an enormous bounty of leaked US military and diplomatic documents.

James Ball, who briefly served as a WikiLeaks staffer before securing…

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