(Left-right) Actor, Alex Williams, Christine Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks Australian Citizen Alliance, Samantha Costa and writer/director Robert Connolly at Byron's Palace Cinema.
(Left-right) Actor, Alex Williams, Christine Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks Australian Citizen Alliance, Samantha Costa and writer/director Robert Connolly at Byron's Palace Cinema.

Christine Assange answers questions to sold-out crowd

JULIAN Assange's mum has told a Byron Bay crowd that claims by a leading Swedish judge visiting Australia that it was unlikely that his country could legally extradite her son to the USA were rubbish.

Christine Assange was on a panel on Friday night fielding questions from a sold-out crowd who had just viewed the movie Underground: The Julian Assange story at Palace Cinema.

Other panellists included the film's writer/director Robert Connolly (Balibo, the Bank), Perth actor Alex Williams who played Julian in the movie and Samantha Castro, co-founder of the WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA), who is also working closely with Julian on his bid for the Senate.

In a rare public lecture delivered in Adelaide last week, Justice Stefan Lindskog said the case against the WikiLeaks founder was "a mess", and he raised many questions over the legality of the US ever being able to extradite Assange via Sweden.

But Ms Assange said there was a little known temporary surrender clause under the Swedish/US bilateral treaty that could see her son handed over to the US government.

She described the judge's visit as merely a PR exercise to improve Sweden's image which had suffered due to the country's treatment of Julian.

Assange is living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been granted political asylum after failing to resist moves to extradite him to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sex offences against two women.

Asked if Julian would be able to take up the job if he was elected to the Senate, Ms Castro said poll success would place political and diplomatic pressure on international governments to allow him to leave the embassy.

"This is not a stunt. This is the beginning of cracking open a duopoly in the Australian political system," Ms Castro said.

The WACA party was officially launched in Melbourne on the weekend.

Julian would stand as a candidate in Victoria, with other candidates to contest NSW and Western Australia.



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