Australian Greens: Assange’s rights should be upheld

From a press release of December 6, 2010, re-tweeted today, December 15, 2010:

Assange’s rights should be upheld: Brown
The Australian Greens
Monday 6th December 2010

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today the government needs to make it very clear that Julian Assange has the same rights as any other Australian who is abroad and that his rights will be looked after by the Australian authorities.

“Australian citizenships should be respected and he should be reassured that his citizenship is safe,” Senator Brown said.

“Mr Assange has come across a great ream of documents which throw some light on US foreign policy. It is important that we know what drives governments to make decisions.”

“Mr Assange has had no criminal conviction and there is a lot of political conjecture and juggling of claims against him.”

“If this material had gone straight to one of the Australian  newspapers they would have published it. The press works off leaks like this all the time.”

“I understand that WikiLeaks goes through a process before releasing any documents to help ensure that such releases do not put lives in danger,” Senator Brown said. “I urge WikiLeaks to be diligent in that.”

12 thoughts on “Australian Greens: Assange’s rights should be upheld

  1. Carey Campbell

    Thanks for the post. It’s not just the Australian Green Party. I know Senator Bob Brown of the Australian Green Party. An extraordinary gentleman, and like many of us a friend and admirer of Petra Kelly, Green Party founder.

    Dany Cohn-Bendit, President of the Green Party faction in the European Parliament, has been witty – as usual – on this topic…”Secrets..what secrets.. Everybody knew this..”

    Back here in the good old USA, and in New York, there is continued good news from the Green Party…

    A new Green Party candidate for Mayor..

    here’s the link..
    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20101215/NEWS01/101215008/1002/NEWS

  2. Carey Campbell

    The Ithaca Journal on the Green Party tonight…on Green Party Success..

    I used to anchor the evening news with an Ithaca College Grad doing sports. Jim Bell was a gifted sports broadcaster. He was also one heckva volley ball player, and superb southpaw basketball player….and I suspect would make an excellent Green Party candidate..

    Here’s your Green Party story in the Ithacajournal…

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20101215/NEWS01/101215008/1002/NEWS

  3. Carey Campbell

    Love the title of this story tonight in “Politics on the Hudson”..

    “Greens Celebrate Ballot Status” by Nick Reisman.

    Mr. Reisman gets it. Ballot status in most of America’s states is rough to win.

    Every American patriot must admire Howie Hawkins for not only personifying the Green Party, but also the good old American hard headed, unrelenting discipline necessary to win ballot status for the Green Party.

    I’ve personally frozen (in winter), and baked in summer collecting petition signatures (across the decades) in Virginia trying to win ballot status for our Indy Greens.

    The VA mark is 10 per cent of the vote in a statewide race to win ballot status.

    So, you betcha…all of us celebrate this great Green Party victory.

    enough biased pro Green Party commentary, here’s your link.

    http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2010/12/15/greens-celebrate-ballot-status/

  4. Kimberly Wilder

    Dear Mr. Campbell,

    Appreciate you being a reader of IPR.

    Not sure if you or others will understand my feelings. I know it is a little awkward…

    But, please, don’t say “Thank you for the post,” to me,

    Since that time you called my home and tried to act like a green party leader encouraging me to keep up the good work, I have taken your attempts to thank me, congratulate me, and seem associated with me as a little condescending, and an attempt to co-opt my good work.

    I am glad that lately you are more clear that the greens you are with are the ones associated with the independent movement – supporting Bloomberg, etc. So, thank you for being more clear and up front about that.

    But, please, it would make me feel better if you did not thank and comment directly to me as if I were part of your team.

    Again, you are so welcome to read and comment here. Of, course. (Unless the editors or owner ever says something about it, which I have not heard them suggest.)

    Just, please try to stay out of my personal space, as it were.

    With respect,
    Kimberly Wilder

  5. paulie

    It Is Treason To Call Wikileaks Treason by John Jay Myers

    Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; Now get over it.

    You might believe some speech might give away national secrets for instance how we prop up puppet dictators in foreign countries, or how we have been training troops who are now turning against us in droves, how we are supplying billions of dollars to countries who supply millions to those who want to attack us, how we back companies that supply men with young boys for sex slaves in Afghanistan. How the leaders of the countries we manipulate are now scared that we aren’t bombing Iran. Surely no one should become privy to this.

    Or should they? I am shocked to realize that the American people don’t stand up and say, “Why are we putting in these puppet dictators? Why are we arming and training troops to fight us? Why are we giving billions to those who want to do us harm? Why are we pimping young boys? Why would we want to bomb Iran in the name of Saudi Arabia?

    Seems to me we have an Ostrich mentality in America, Americans can choose to have information, or they can go lock step with their favorite news channel and fight for the right to keep their heads buried in the sand.

    They say knowledge is power, would we rather cede that power to those who 87% of us are completely dissatisfied with. Do you really believe that in matters of foreign policy this corrupt group of ninnies somehow becomes more competent?

    We have to make a choice, do we want to know these things that could save countless lives and restore America as the shining light on the hill, or should we sacrifice our greatness for what may harm a few?

    I think all government correspondence that does not involve missile codes, or troop locations should be public, and any government correspondence that isn’t made public should be labeled as treason.

    Wikileaks needs to be permanent, I think we should just make all government wires transparent, starting now. Tell all federal employees, “oh… by the way all of your correspondence is public, any correspondence you engage in that is “government business” not made public will be labeled as treason”.

    Wikileaks would be the full body scanner for the United States government.

    Were you aware that Iran was offering to help in the stabilization of Iraq and the war on terror if we would remove their name as a sponsor of terror? I was not, but thanks to Wikileaks I am .

    Maybe we would consider diplomatic above board solutions rather than espionage and corporate sabotage. Maybe we would stop doing backroom deals with mega corporations like Halliburton, Lockheed Martin and BP and start dealing with other countries, their people, and let those people stand up for their own freedom, instead of being inspired to hate us, by our foreign policy of corporatism.

    I imagine there is quite a bit of “small stuff”s in the 248,000 yet to be released documents that the media has not sifted through to protect the innocent, which I might add is a procedure that has happened to all 1200 of the pages released so far.

    But I don’t sweat the “small stuff”, what concerns mean is the big stuff, the obvious information that reveals our government is lying in regards to how our trillion dollar foreign policy is working out. They are lying to us in regards to the actions we are taking in other countries and even lying to us in regards to whether we are violating the constitution.

    If the government is involved with illegal activities than they need to exposed, no matter the cost. Wrong is wrong, and the safety of the people is no excuse for hiding illegal secrets. The more these acts are disclosed, the less likely they will occur in future.

    The most disturbing factor about wikileaks is the nature of the attacks from the political class and the media, it should be startling to all of us the lengths those who are supposed to protect us will go in order to maintain a web of lies.

    It could be that the most enlightening thing about wikileaks is just how anti-constitutional our leaders have become.

    John Jay Myers is a small business owner from Dallas Texas, Vice-Chair of the Dallas County Libertarian Party, and member of the Executive Committee for the Libertarian Party of Texas.

  6. Pro-WikiLeaks

    Updated version:

    It Is Treason To Call Wikileaks Treason by John Jay Myers

    Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. Now get over it.

    You might believe some speech gives away national secrets, for instance how we prop up puppet dictators in foreign countries, or how we have been training troops who are now turning against us in droves, or how we are supplying billions of dollars to countries who supply those who want to attack us, or how we back companies that supply men with young boys for sex slaves in Afghanistan, or how the leaders of the countries we manipulate are now scared that we aren’t bombing Iran. Surely no one should become privy to this.

    Or should they? I am shocked to realize that the American people don’t stand up and say, “Why are we putting in these puppet dictators? Why are we arming and training troops to fight us? Why are we giving billions to those who want to do us harm? Why are we pimping young boys? Why would we want to bomb Iran in the name of Saudi Arabia?”

    It seems to me we have an ostrich mentality in America. Americans can choose to have information, or they can go lock step with their favorite news channel and fight for the right to keep their heads buried in the sand.

    They say knowledge is power. Would we rather cede that power to the same government officials 87% of us are completely dissatisfied with? Do you really believe that in matters of foreign policy this corrupt group of ninnies somehow becomes more competent? Is it possible that their secret actions actually put our nation, the American people, and our military personnel in more danger?

    We have to make a choice, do we want to know these things that could save countless lives and restore America as the shining light on the hill, or should we sacrifice our greatness for what may harm a few? Would our leaders put those few in harm’s way in the first place if government actions were truly public?

    It’s pretty odd that a foreigner who exposes unconstitutional secrets that enable a dangerous foreign policy of belligerence should be accused of treason and condemned for risking the safety of our nation. Instead, Wikileaks actually needs to become a permanent policy for American government. I think all government correspondence that does not involve missile codes or troop locations should be public, and any government correspondence that isn’t made public should be labeled as treason.

    We should just make all government wires transparent, starting now. Tell all federal employees, “Oh by the way, all of your correspondence is public. Any correspondence you engage in that is ‘government business’ not made public will be labeled as treason.” Freedom of information and government transparency make us safer by keeping government officials accountable to the American people and to the Constitution they swore to defend and uphold. Wikileaks would be the full body scanner for the United States government.

    Were you aware that Iran was offering to help in the stabilization of Iraq and the war on terror if we would remove their name as a sponsor of terror? I was not, but thanks to Wikileaks I am.

    Maybe we would consider diplomatic above board solutions rather than espionage and corporate sabotage. Maybe we would stop doing backroom deals with mega corporations like Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, and BP. Maybe we should start dealing with other countries and their people, and let those people stand up for their own freedom instead of being inspired to hate us by our foreign policy of corporatism.

    I imagine there is quite a bit of “small stuff” in the 248,000 yet to be released documents that the media has not sifted through to protect the innocent, which I might add is a procedure that has happened to all 1200 of the pages released so far.

    But I don’t sweat the “small stuff.” What concerns mean is the big stuff, the obvious information that reveals our government is lying in regards to how our trillion-dollar foreign policy is working out. They are lying to us in regards to the actions we are taking in other countries and even lying to us in regards to whether we are violating the Constitution.

    If the government is involved with illegal activities then they need to be exposed no matter the cost. Wrong is wrong, and the safety of the people is no excuse for hiding illegal secrets that threaten the safety of the people. The more these acts are disclosed, the less likely they will occur in future, and the safer we will be.

    The most disturbing factor about Wikileaks is the nature of the attacks from the political class and the media. It should be startling to all of us the lengths those who are supposed to protect us will go in order to maintain a web of lies. Those lies allow government to exercise powers it does not have. We must never forget that an unchecked government is the greatest threat to our freedom, and a government immune to scrutiny will inevitably escape its constitutional bindings.

    It could be that the most enlightening thing about Wikileaks is just how anti-Constitution our leaders have become.

    John Jay Myers is a small business owner from Dallas Texas, Vice-Chair of the Dallas County Libertarian Party, and member of the Executive Committee for the Libertarian Party of Texas.

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    yet this site wants to suppress information that is TRUE! YOU NOW HAVE A “report” link for people to report and whine about “mean comments! DONT BE A HYPOCRITE ! this site stinks anyway. You are the bunch of ninnies pretending to be important.

  8. Opeach Obama, I mean, is this the best we can do? [Lake]

    please try to stay out of my personal space, as it were ………….. Kimberly Wilder

    [Lake: such a fine example of being a public person. Also you invite comments and inquires and then gripe about them, such as my 20 Green Questions in February and my queries on GP icons! Look at all the obvious, high profile lies that Quirk Boy (the oldest living eleven year old) and Doctor Grundmann (this guy is allowed to see patients?) tell about me. I could easily list facts in a court case. Would I win a judge ment? As a former candidate, blog ‘owner’ / blog contributor, and public personality, probably not!]

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