blog Various US Government representatives have long been protesting that the country’s law enforcement authorities don’t have an interest in Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who’s still holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. But there’s fresh evidence this week that that claim is … well, a load of hogwash really, with Sydney Morning Herald correspondent Philip Dorling uncovering the fact that the US has designated the Australian citizen an official target (we recommend you click through to read the whole, somewhat shocking article):
“The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States – the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.”
Suddenly, Assange’s fear at being extradited to the US to face a grand jury and the idea that the Wikileaks founder could be targeted by a US military drone strike sounds less and less like a conspiracy theory and more and more like a legitimate concern. I’ve previously believed that much of the histrionics around Assange have been just that, but in light of this new evidence, I am starting to head towards believing the argument that the Australian Government needs to do more to look after this particularly rebellious citizen.