Govt responds to Assange extradition call

The federal government has responded to the United Kingdom’s decision that the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States can proceed.

The federal government says it will continue to offer consular assistance to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after the United Kingdom’s decision that his extradition to the United States can proceed.

“We will continue to convey our expectations that Mr Assange is entitled to due process, humane and fair treatment, access to proper medical care, and access to his legal team,” a statement late on Friday night from Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and Attorney -General Mark Dreyfus said.

“The Australian government has been clear in our view that Mr Assange’s case has dragged on for too long and that it should be brought to a close.

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“We will continue to express this view to the governments of the United Kingdom and United States.”

The statement also noted that Mr Assange has several avenues through which he can appeal the decision.

Earlier on Friday, British interior minister Priti Patel approved the extradition, bringing Mr Assange’s long-running legal saga closer to a conclusion.

He is wanted by US authorities on 18 criminal charges, including a spying charge relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables which Washington said had put lives in danger.

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