Prime Minister Reveals Team-Up With Julian Assange’s Lawyers for Release Bid

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed his direct involvement with Julian Assange’s legal team to strategise the release of the WikiLeaks founder.

Mr. Assange, 52, is wanted in the United States for espionage, and faces 18 charges related to disclosing highly classified information concerning the U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010.

He faces his final appeal in the UK in a last-ditch effort to avoid extradition to the United States, though he was deemed too ill to attend the start of the two-day hearing in London.

Mr. Albanese said he discussed Mr. Assange’s case “at the highest levels” with the United States and the UK.

“I’ve engaged with his [Mr. Assange’s] legal team on a regular basis as well, on a strategy to try to get through this and come out the other side in Mr. Assange’s interest,” he told ABC Radio Sydney. 

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