As reported by Esther Iverem of WPFW’s On the Ground program, which recently aired on KPFK as part of the overnight Something’s Happening program, six Australian Members of Parliament, from various parties and independents, came to Washington DC to urge the Biden administration to drop its charges against Julian Assange and the US government efforts to win his extradition to and trial in the US on Espionage Act charges for his work as a journalist and publisher exposing US war crimes. Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, Labor MP Tony Zappia, teal independent Monique Ryan, Liberal senator Alex Antic and two Greens senators, Peter Whish-Wilson and David Shoebridge went Washington DC together to lobby the government to abandon its extradition proceedings against Assange.

They represented a much larger group of 63 Australian MPs who called for an end to Assange’s detention and attempts at prosecution and imprisonment by the US.

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