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Australian Prime Minister welcomes US President’s reconsideration of dropping prosecution of WikiLeaks founder

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed the news that US President Joe Biden is considering dropping the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Biden’s remark in Washington indicated the US is reviewing Australia’s request to dismiss charges against Assange for releasing confidential records in 2010.

Albanese stated, “I believe this must be brought to a conclusion and that Mr. Assange has already paid a significant price and enough is enough.” The Australian citizen founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and is appealing his extradition from the UK to the US for the 2010 leaks.

In March, the UK High Court requested assurances from the US that Assange would receive a fair trial and not face the death penalty if convicted. A final decision on whether he can appeal the extradition order is expected in May.

Albanese had previously supported a motion in the federal parliament by independent MP Andrew Wilkie, calling for Assange’s return to Australia. Wilkie, who traveled to Washington in September with a delegation of MPs to lobby against Assange’s extradition, described Biden’s comment as “very encouraging.”

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