WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) responds to The Tab on the
behalf of Christine Assange
By Jessica Hudson,
The TAB (Oxford) January 19, 2013
In response to Simone’sarticle,
Christine Assange enlisted the help of the coordinators of the
WACA to put together a response for The Tab.
‘A women’s university group have organized to protest Julian’s
speech at the Sam Adam’s awards, with one key organizer stating
that his inclusion is ‘inappropriate’ and contributes to the
‘casualness with which rape allegations and accusations are
treated in our society’.
As co-founders of WACA (WikiLeaks
Australian Citizens Alliance), as women, mothers and
feminists we respect the right of all to protest but urge those
considering attending this protest to not be blinded by
statements that are, in the light of clear and indisputable
facts, inflammatory and inaccurate.
Here are just a few of those facts for people to consider:Julian
Assange and his organization WikiLeaks have revealed a myriad of
war crimes, human rights abuses, corporate and government
collusion and corruption that ultimately impacts millions of
women and children around the world on a daily basis and this is
why Julian Assange has been asked to speak this year.
There is nothing inappropriate in this choice. It is important
to note, as did the Supreme Court in the UK that Julian Assange
has not been charged with any crime in any country and the
presumption of innocence is still a fundamental tenant of any
democratic judicial system.
This decision was not taken lightly but reached after careful
consideration of the mounting evidence of the US pursuit of Mr
Assange and Sweden’s record of acquiescence to the US. Julian
Assange is not ‘evading the Swedish justice system’.
Julian has also made a continuous offer over the last two years
to be interviewed by Swedish authorities in person, via phone or
video link at the Swedish Embassy in London, Scotland Yard and
since his asylum was granted – at the Ecuadorian Embassy in
Sweden has refused all offers, without explanation and has
declined to utilize the standard mutual assistance protocol to
interview him in London, despite using it to recently interview
an alleged murderer in Serbia and on countless other occasions.
It is also important to note that because sexual misconduct
allegations are covered under public prosecution law theSwedish
mounting this investigation into Mr Assange and do not require
the consent or specific allegation of the women involved.
Both women have repeatedly stated the sex was non-violent and
consensual and they only approached the police to ascertain if
Mr Assange could be compelled to take a HIV test.
The Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm Eva Finne, who first assessed
the prosecutorial case dismissed the concern of ‘minor rape’ as
When one looks at the clear abuse of Sweden’s own procedures and
protocol’s and the political motivations behind this case, it
could be claimed that this case is in fact an abuse or use of
these two women.
If those organizing this protest are truly interested in
achieving justice for the women involved in these allegations
then they would be using their energy and time more wisely.
They would be protesting out the front of the Swedish Embassy to
demand that Sweden put an end to this charade of pursuing
justice and interview Julian Assange in London as quickly as
possible. If the Swedish Authorities then have enough evidence
to charge Mr Assange, they should do so or drop their
Divide and conquer is one of the oldest strategies in the
patriarchy’s handbook and those that dive blindly into
supporting causes are susceptible to being used to do the work
of the powerful, often to the detriment of their own cause and
at the expense of truth and justice for all involved. We suggest
you go to thesourceand
don’t be afraid to make up your own mind.