Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sent a heart-warming message to Julian Assange, saying that he is free to return home after all legal issues have been resolved.
The founder of WikiLeaks, Assange, was in the custody of British authorities as the United States (US) sought his extradition on the charges of spying and hacking into its secret computer systems. A court refused the US request, saying that Assange’s mental health problems meant he would be at risk of committing suicide.
The Australian prime minister told a local radio station that like any Australian, Assange is entitled to consular support. He said the justice system was taking its course, and once Assange is free, he could come back like home like any other Australian.
The US requested for 49-year-old Assange’s extradition on 18 offences relating to the release by WikiLeaks of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables in 2010. WikiLeaks also released a US military video showing a 2007 attack by its helicopters in Baghdad, that killed a dozen people.