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Australia’s effort to free Julian Assange, will it become a problem for Joe Biden?

Canberra. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has had extensive contact with US President Joe Biden during his brief tenure. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Albanese has held four formal meetings with Biden, including two at the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad). Biden will host Albanese, who is on a state visit to the US, next month. Relations between the Australian Labor Party government and the United States are close, as seen between the two leaders.

Australia’s effort to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, however, presents significant problems for Biden. A delegation of federal MPs will travel to the US to make efforts in this regard ahead of Albanese’s visit later this month. The trip is being privately financed by Assange supporters. 65 thousand Australian dollars have been collected for this. Lawmakers will lobby members of Congress and meet with State Department and Justice Department officials. Australia’s Ambassador to the US Kevin Rudd will undoubtedly be busy preparing for the visit. The delegation will also speak with non-governmental organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, and the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters without Borders.

Assange’s story is well known
American intelligence information about American activities in Iraq and Afghanistan was leaked in 2010 by the then American intelligence officer Bradley Manning and the leaked documents were published on the WikiLeaks website, which caused great loss to America. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for a long time. He was later deported and has been in a British prison for years, fighting a legal battle through the court system to prevent his extradition. The US is trying to extradite Assange for publishing classified military documents on his website.

Albanese says Assange’s case has dragged on for too long; Since the Labor government was elected, expectations for progress on extradition have diminished. Earlier this year, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a press conference with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, said he understood the sensitivity of the Australian people and declared that it was “very important that our friends here support this issue.” Understand our concerns about.” Simon Jackman, an expert on US politics at the University of Sydney, says it’s good that the delegation is going, because it shows the breadth of support for the action. Looking at the presidential elections to be held in the US next year, a major challenge for the Democrats is that Biden would not want to do anything to weaken his base.

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