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.”