The most consequential Australian in the world today has been issued an Australian passport

Julian Assange closer to a journey home.

The Australian government has confirmed that the WikiLeaks founder has a new Australian passport after years without one, and could now return to his home country.

An official at Australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade confirmed yesterday that “Mr Assange does have an Australian passport”. The timing is good: last year he said that he feared Ecuador was seeking to end his asylum. He has been holed up in the embassy in Knightsbridge since the day he walked in, breaking his UK bail conditions, in 2012.

The Londoner called the embassy this morning and asked for a response to the news of the new passport. A member of staff initially said “no comment” but then added: “He has the right to do whatever he wants, but he doesn’t move on. He could stay here for ever.”

Now, in another boost, Assange has the support of Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, who described him as a “hero of mine” and called on Australians to rally for him.

“We live in strange and dark times and we need journalists and others, activists of all kinds, to shine light into the dark places,” Waters told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Waters is not his only high-profile backer. Assange has also entertained figures such as Pamela Anderson. Nigel Farage was seen there in March of 2017 but said he could not remember the reason for his visit.

Assange’s passport had been held up by wrangling over whether it could be issued to him given that a warrant is still out for his arrest in the UK.

His UK lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, reportedly applied for a fresh passport halfway through last year.

Greg Barns, Assange’s Australian lawyer, gave credit to former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop for her role in securing the new document.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Barns thought she had “gone to great lengths to ensure Mr Assange’s rights as an Australian citizen were upheld by being granted a passport”.

And a brief reminder of why he is famous, and may be the most consequential Australian alive today. This is only a small part of what you may find at the link.

Assange wrote on WikiLeaks in February 2016: “I have had years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton and have read thousands of her cables. Hillary lacks judgment and will push the United States into endless, stupid wars which spread terrorism. … she certainly should not become president of the United States.” On 25 July, following the Republican National Convention (RNC), during an interview by Amy Goodman, Assange said that choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is like choosing between cholera or gonorrhea. “Personally, I would prefer neither.” WikiLeaks editor, Sarah Harrison, has stated that the site is not choosing which damaging publications to release, rather releasing information that is available to them. In an Election Day statement, Assange criticized both Clinton and Trump, saying that “The Democratic and Republican candidates have both expressed hostility towards whistleblowers.”

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27 Responses to The most consequential Australian in the world today has been issued an Australian passport

  1. Peter

    I guess he has done his time and it would be a nice gesture if the US and the UK we’re to facilitate his release. Of course Trump can’t assist because of “collusion” charges – at least until Meuller exonerates him.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    His biggest problem is the Left hates and fears him. The Left controls the UK, Australia and the public services in the US. So the chance of him getting out of his basement as a free man is small, since they will be after him with the full force of the politicised law.

  3. Roger

    Assange wrote on WikiLeaks in February 2016: “I have had years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton and have read thousands of her cables. Hillary lacks judgment and will push the United States into endless, stupid wars which spread terrorism. … she certainly should not become president of the United States.”

    We didn’t need Julian Assange to tell us this and neither did the 63m Americans who voted for Trump.

    “We came, we saw, he died.”

  4. vlad

    We didn’t need Julian Assange to tell us this and neither did the 63m Americans who voted for Trump.

    No, we didn’t. But it helped. Every little bit helps.

  5. mh

    Any news on Pamela Anderson?

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    Assange better look out ,the Clintons probably have a contract out on him for stopping them looting more taxpayers money, probably paid for with our money giliard gave them to ensure a good job for her future once the alp gave her the arse .

  7. Iva Right

    Good for him! Payed the price of honesty and truth but now coming home! All hail Julian.

  8. Behind Enemy Lines

    Is Assange ‘consequential’? I’m not so sure of that. What contribution has he made? What consequence? He’s no whistleblower and certainly no hero.

    What he is is an insufferable, self-righteous knobhead of a publicity hound with an insatiable political grudge against the US. For the most part he’s played a game of leaking classified info to undermine the war effort, and promote fake news. In doing so, he’s provided direct propaganda support to the terrorists who’ve killed Australian lads in the Middle East. The US would be well within rights to jack him up if he fell into their legal jurisdiction, and Australian authorities might also have some awkward questions for him.

    However, the sex crime charges against Assange are laughable and an open disgrace. The UK’s treatment of him has been nothing short of barbaric, and I wouldn’t oppose him being brought back here. However, if he does come back to Australia, it should be with the proviso that the security services put a gag on him. Let the **** run for Parliament if he wants to play at government. I’m sure Andrew Wilkie would give him a room in Canberra and some tips about how to stay out of jail.

  9. Muddy

    He is a threat to the national security of any country he decides to target. Bump him off. You people are pissweak.

  10. Tel

    For the most part he’s played a game of leaking classified info to undermine the war effort, and promote fake news.

    Strict secrecy* over Hillary’s emails was absolutely critical to maintaining the war effort in a bunch of small countries we haven’t invaded yet. Hillary understood the importance of security, that’s why she took measures to lock he bathroom door.

    * The criteria for “strict secrecy” is that every major power on Earth has hacked her emails with full visibility, EXCEPT for the US citizens who paid for her to do the job. You know it makes sense. Seth Rich needed a dose of Arkancide … it was for the best.

  11. Diogenes

    However, the sex crime charges against Assange are laughable and an open disgrace.

    Bullshit !
    One of the conditions for consent was that he wore a franger. He didn’t therefore consent was NOT given, and therefore it was sexual assault , in any country.

    Had he not been the insufferable, self-righteous knobhead of a publicity hound that he is , he would have taken a test for STDs, which was what both women asked for, and the matter would not have gone any further.

  12. Fisky

    What he is is an insufferable, self-righteous knobhead of a publicity hound with an insatiable political grudge against the US. For the most part he’s played a game of leaking classified info to undermine the war effort, and promote fake news. In doing so, he’s provided direct propaganda support to the terrorists who’ve killed Australian lads in the Middle East. The US would be well within rights to jack him up if he fell into their legal jurisdiction, and Australian authorities might also have some awkward questions for him.

    All true, but he was instrumental in destroying Hillary, so he deserves a pardon.

  13. Behind Enemy Lines

    Muddy
    #2942186, posted on February 24, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    He is a threat to the national security of any country he decides to target. Bump him off. You people are pissweak.

    > Play stupid games, get stupid prizes. Australia’s not the only country with laws protecting classified information. Seeing the local authorities tell a fellow to pull his head in is a pretty mild thing, in the greater scheme of things.

    Tel
    #2942189, posted on February 24, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    * The criteria for “strict secrecy” is that every major power on Earth has hacked her emails with full visibility, EXCEPT for the US citizens who paid for her to do the job.

    > I think we’re agreeing here. The Clinton emails make a lot of people look like idiots, but they don’t make a whistleblower out of Assange. If he’d been the one to put those messages in the hands of the FBI, it would be another matter.

    Diogenes
    #2942191, posted on February 24, 2019 at 3:49 pm
    However, the sex crime charges against Assange are laughable and an open disgrace.

    Bullshit !
    One of the conditions for consent was that he wore a franger. He didn’t therefore consent was NOT given, and therefore it was sexual assault , in any country.

    > The evidence I’ve read said that the women went through with it voluntarily (ie they consented) and had morning-after regrets. If that is correct, then I maintain that the charges are laughable and keeping this fool penned up in the Uruguayan embassy for half a decade on that basis is barbaric.

  14. sfw

    I wouldn’t want him turn up at a BBQ, insufferable snob who may have done some good but not the type I”d have around.

  15. iain russell

    BEL, the wymn had regrets the morning after and they saw the semen stains. Rape. #MeToo.

  16. TAFKAS stopped reading once he saw the name (Pink Floyd frontman) Roger Waters.

    Anyone who has Roger Waters as a character reference …. draw your own conclusions.

  17. John Constantine

    Pamela Anderson revealed in a 2001 interview with Salon that she contracted hepatitis C from her ex-husband Tommy Lee.

  18. Aynsley Kellow

    Assange is NOT a whistleblower, by any definition. A whistleblower is an insider who reveals illegal or improper conduct.
    Assange is a hacker and an indiscriminate leaker – so indiscriminate that he revealed the identity of agents, including at least one who was killed by the Iranians.
    And the only person who has confined him in the Ecuadorian embassy is himself. He could have left any time and faced the charges. Still can. Even the Ecuadorians are sick of him.

  19. Pity he never seemed to leak stuff against Communist regimes such as China or Russia. Perhaps because their likelihood of retribution greater than the Western countries.

  20. jupes

    Assange gave the enemy military secrets in wartime. In a just society he would be executed.

  21. jupes

    Anyone who has Roger Waters as a character reference …. draw your own conclusions.

    Exactly.

  22. Diogenes

    The evidence I’ve read said that the women went through with it voluntarily (ie they consented) and had morning-after regrets. If that is correct, then I maintain that the charges are laughable and keeping this fool penned up in the Uruguayan embassy for half a decade on that basis is barbaric.

    Not what I read

    The allegations centre on a 10-day period after Assange flew into Stockholm on Wednesday 11 August. One of the women, named in court as Miss A, told police that she had arranged Assange’s trip to Sweden, and let him stay in her flat because she was due to be away. She returned early, on Friday 13 August, after which the pair went for a meal and then returned to her flat.

    Her account to police, which Assange disputes, stated that he began stroking her leg as they drank tea, before he pulled off her clothes and snapped a necklace that she was wearing. According to her statement she “tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again”. Miss A told police that she didn’t want to go any further “but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far”, and so she allowed him to undress her.

    According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had “done something” with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.

    He had kissed her and put his hands inside her clothing, she said.

    That evening, Miss A held a party at her flat. One of her friends, “Monica”, later told police that during the party Miss A had told her about the ripped condom and unprotected sex. Another friend told police that during the evening Miss A told her she had had “the worst sex ever” with Assange: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”

    Assange’s supporters point out that, despite her complaints against him, Miss A held a party for him on that evening and continued to allow him to stay in her flat.

    On Sunday 15 August, Monica told police, Miss A told her that she thought Assange had torn the condom on purpose. According to Monica, Miss A said Assange was still staying in her flat but they were not having sex because he had “exceeded the limits of what she felt she could accept” and she did not feel safe.

    The following day, Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when “he agreed unwillingly to use a condom”.

    Early the next morning, Miss W told police, she had gone to buy breakfast before getting back into bed and falling asleep beside Assange. She had awoken to find him having sex with her, she said, but when she asked whether he was wearing a condom he said no. “According to her statement, she said: ‘You better not have HIV’ and he answered: ‘Of course not,’ ” but “she couldn’t be bothered to tell him one more time because she had been going on about the condom all night. She had never had unprotected sex before.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

    Yes it is the Granuid, but is it contemporary

    . If that is correct, then I maintain that the charges are laughable and keeping this fool penned up in the Uruguayan embassy for half a decade on that basis is barbaric.

    No the tosspot jumped bail. He can fix that anytime he likes by simply walking out of the door, just like those wankers on Manus. It was stupid of him not to go voluntarily back to Sweden for an interview, in any case was easier for the Poms to extradite than the Swedes, and as I understand it given the original arrest warrant the Poms cannot extradite him to anywhere but Sweden, so he should go before the British beak and pay whatever penance to satisfy the bail jumping charge, and he will probably be allowed to come home, not that we want him here.

  23. None

    Assange is a fuckwit who has blood on his hands. That’s even before the sexual assault charge.

  24. Whalehunt Fun

    Another utterly stupid decision by the ignorant and incompetent show pony foreign minister. Thank God she is gone off to oblivion. May she rot in dark hole like the one this Assange traitor will be thrown into if the americans can get hold of him.

  25. jupes

    If you reckon Assange is the most consequential Australian, then pretty soon that title will be ripped from him by Alexander Downer.

    A dubious honour indeed.

  26. Overburdened

    Behind Enemy Lines and Whalehunt fun-
    10/10
    Assange is a narcissistic fuckwit that just at the moment is seen sympathetically by those that feel validated by some of his actions.
    He is nothing but trouble.

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