Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, came to prominence in 2010 after the leaking of sensitive information regarding US war crimes in the Middle East. The Chelsea Manning US intelligence leak contained a video of a US helicopter killing 18 people including two Reuters journalists.
Free Julian Assange
Following years of work by former Senator Scott Ludlam, Pete has led the Greens response in opposition to the detention and potential extradition of this Australian citizen and Walkley Award-winning journalist, to the country whose war crimes he exposed.
Pete is a founding member of the Parliamentary Friends of the Bring Julian Assange Home Group. He has worked with Andrew Wilkie in advocating for Julian’s return home to Australia. He has also worked with WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s legal team and Julian’s father John Shipton.
In December 2019, Pete tabled a petition with over 200,000 signatories (one of the largest petitions ever presented to the Senate) calling upon the Government to intervene and ensure Julian’s safe passage home or to another place of his choosing.
You can also read Pete’s recent article here.
Pete continues to do what he can to highlight the injustices and abuses of power associated with the extradition of Julian Assange.