Australian Foreign Minister Mary Payne raised the issue of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The two discussed the issue during Mary Payne’s visit to Washington this month.
A report in The Guardian on Wednesday quoted Assange as saying that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had planned to abduct and kill Assange, who was being held captive in London during the reign of former US President Donald Trump. They called on the Australian government to play an effective role in the release of Assange.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the Guardian that Assange’s latest condition was being discussed with US Secretary of State Mary Payne on 15 September. He has also spoken to UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss about the issue. At these meetings, Mary Payne expressed hope that Assange would be treated humanely in prison. He will be given necessary medical and legal services. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
According to Yahoo News this week, Assange was abducted and assassinated in 2016 by then-CIA director Mike Pompeo and other senior CIA officials, following a series of leaked CIA-related documents called “Vault 7”. Trump later appointed Pompeo as US Secretary of State.
However, the CIA did not respond to the allegations. Pompeo neither admitted nor denied the allegations. “Yahoo News sources don’t really know what we did at the time,” he said.
In 2016, Malcolm Turnbull was the Prime Minister of Australia. “I didn’t know it,” he said Tuesday in response to reports of a plot to assassinate Assange. I found out after the news was published in the media. ‘
Australia’s Green Party senator Janet Elizabeth Rice, who has backed Assange in response to reports of a plot to assassinate him, has expressed concern about the impartiality of the ongoing trial. “The Australian government should raise its voice and put pressure on the United States to release Assange quickly,” he said.
In 2010, WikiLeaks leaked 2.5 million US diplomatic cables and 500,000 secret military documents. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012. Assange was arrested by London police in 2019 after a long seven-year stay.