Scholz’s spokesman obscures the prospects
Assange’s father and brother are fighting for help in Berlin
The British government gave the green light to extradite Julian Assange to the United States, which enabled a scenario that the founder of Wikileaks is particularly concerned about. Family members travel to Berlin and accuse Scholz’s government of complicity.
During a visit to Berlin, the father and brother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is imprisoned in the UK, turned to the federal government to ask US President Joe Biden to drop the charges against the Australian. Assange’s brother Gabriel Shipton told reporters in Berlin.
“I have always believed that tolerance, doing nothing, means complicity,” Assange’s father, John Shipton, told a news conference with left-wing MP Sev Dagdelen. “Being invisible in the case of Julian Assange is complicity.” Father and brother called on Germany to use its influence in NATO and the forthcoming G7 meeting in Bavaria to push through Assange. A 50-year-old man faces decades of imprisonment if extradited to the United States.
Dagdelen and her colleagues Ulrich Lechte of the FDP, Max Lucks of the Greens and Frank Schwabe of the SPD called in a joint statement to prevent Assange’s extradition to the United States. “Journalists should not be persecuted and punished for their work.”
In the interests of press freedom and for humanitarian reasons, Assange must be released immediately. The federal government should take action in negotiations with London. “Given the numerous calls on the federal government to offer Julian Assange political asylum in Germany, the federal government should examine this.”
Scholz’s spokesman obscures the prospect of asylum
Scholze spokesman Steffen Hebestreit told reporters about the possible adoption of Assange in Germany: “I don’t think there are any conditions.” Assange can only be accepted if it is in Germany.
The Hebestreit said it could say nothing about possible contacts with the governments concerned. It is a “legal process” in another country. He did not know how the federal government could intervene at the political level.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has previously announced that he will intervene diplomatically in the dispute over Assange’s extradition. He stands behind his earlier statements in which he called for an end to the proceedings against Assange.
In 2010, Wikileaks published secret documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They contained explosive information about US operations, including the killing of civilians and the mistreatment of prisoners. Assange was arrested in the United Kingdom in 2019 after seven years of escapes at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He has been in Belmarsh High Security Prison near London for more than three years.
Last week, the British government gave the green light to Assange’s extradition to the United States. The Australian and his supporters have repeatedly criticized the trials against him as politically motivated.