Oz Foreign Minister Carr drops promise to raise Assange case with Swedish authorities

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 04:40 hrs

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has dropped his decision to raise the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in discussions with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt next week.

Senator Carr's apparent decision to abandon consular advocacy for Assange comes after the WikiLeaks publisher confirmed his plans to run as a Victorian Senate candidate in the September federal election.

A letter Carr wrote to Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam on February 8, said that Carr intended to seek further diplomatic assurances from Bildt concerning the possible prosecution of Assange in Sweden.

However, Carr's office has now stated that Assange's case will not be on agenda when the two foreign ministers met in Canberra on Wednesday, the Age reports.

A spokesperson for Carr said that 'there are no plans to discuss Assange.'

For the past eight months the WikiLeaks publisher has been confined to Ecuador's London embassy.

He has been granted political asylum by Ecuador on the grounds that he is at risk of extradition to the US to face conspiracy or other charges arising from WikiLeaks obtaining thousands of secret US military and diplomatic reports leaked by US Army soldier Bradley Manning. (ANI)

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