Australian FM reacts to Julian Assange rulling

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Statement by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne

We note the UK Court’s decision in relation to the application to extradite Mr Julian Assange to the United States, which the Court has made on the grounds of his mental health and consequent suicide risk.

Australia is not a party to the case and will continue to respect the ongoing legal process, including the UK justice system’s consideration of applications for release, or any appeals.

We have made 19 offers of consular assistance to Mr Assange since 2019 that have gone unanswered. We will continue to offer consular support.

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