Assange Extradition: ’60 Minutes’ Gives Assange Fair Shake

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The Australian version of the CBS News program ’60 Minutes’ presented a segment on Julian Assange Sunday night that was missing the usual mainstream media smears and distortions about his case.

Australia’s 60 Minutes newsmagazine Sunday night aired an extensive interview with Stella Morris, Julian Assange’s partner, and featured the two boys the couple have had together.  While the promos for the segment during the week indicated it would focus on salacious questions such as, “How does one get pregnant in an embassy?” and “Did Pamela Anderson give your relationship cover?,” the 24-minute spot ditched the usual smears against the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher and instead humanized him to a large national audience. 

The segment made clear Assange was never charged with rape in Sweden, was only wanted for questioning, and that that inquiry has been closed. It reports that the CIA surveilled Assange 24/7 in the embassy, including on privileged conversations with his lawyers; that the CIA plotted to kidnap Assange, poison him and steal one of his boy’s diapers for DNA to prove it was his child. The interview with Australian MP Andrew Wilkie makes clear why the U.S. espionage charges against Assange are really an assault on journalism.

The program ends with an appeal from Morris to Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to apply pressure on the British government to release Assange from high-security Belmarsh prison where he is isolated 23-hours a day on remand waiting a decision on a U.S. extradition request.

An article Monday in Australia’s Murdoch papers about the 60 Minutes’ report was largely factual, except that it repeated the canard that Assange faced rape “charges” in Sweden. 

WikiLeaks, Christine Assange, Julian’s mother, and Assange supporters have tweeted recognition that this was a mainstream treatment of the Assange case like few others. 

  • Who D. Who

    Good for the Aussie 60 Minutes. And thank you, Popular Resistance, for not succumbing to the pseudo-left Dem-party groupthink, for whom Assange is “a Russian agent.” To the old-school “true” left, such as I consider myself, and to anyone concerned with truth, peace, and accountability in politics, Assange is a hero. May he come through this ordeal in good shape and lead a long life.

  • Jeff

    Assange committed the capital crime of publishing the truth about the rich & powerful and their goons, the latter aka the military. Can’t have that!

  • Calgacus

    Yes, great news. The lies are everywhere. But they have to be everywhere in order to succeed. One bit of honesty defeats and dispels an ocean of lies. Because the truth makes sense, the human mind can understand it. While the lies about Assange, Wikileaks, Russiagate … – who can keep that flood of crap straight in their mind? The liars know that – they just want everyone to give up and drown in their deluge of crap.

  • Nylene13

    The Rich who own everything- want to make an example of Assange- as a warning to Journalists who dare to tell the Truth.

  • inihuaren

    Protestors in London should ask for Assange’s release.

  • chetdude

    They have — alas, Great Britain doesn’t have democracy either…

  • Jon

    So, when will there be sufficient pressure on US media to do a similar report? Julian’s life matters too!

  • inihuaren

    The protestors in the US plan to stay in the streets until election time.What about protestors in UK?

  • Calgacus

    The simplest thing would be for the US 60 Minutes to air the report that CBS already owns. That would be something to press them to do. Not holding my breath, but hey, it might happen.

  • Nylene13

    That is a good idea.

    That is how this article should have ended.

    Posting email and other contact information to CBS/US 60 minutes and asking readers to tell CBS and 60 minutes to put this story on the U.S. 60 Minutes program.

  • Calgacus

    Well, time to put my money where my mouth is. Here’s their contact info:
    60 Minutes
    524 West 57th St.
    New York, NY 10019


    PHONE: (212) 975-3247

    I’m sending an email and a letter asking them to air it in the USA. If enough people do, who knows?

  • Nylene13

    Yes! Common We the People-let’s flood them with emails and letters!!!

  • Nylene13

    I just sent an email and made a phone call.

    Quick and easy.

    Now, how can we get the word out??????

  • Nylene13

    I will try to post something at consortium news.

  • Calgacus

    Urp. I must have been blind. I don’t know how I missed it, but this article was from consortium news originally. I see you had commented there already.

    But it was great you posted there again, since nobody else bothered to dig up the contact info. Hope we can get more people to write them.

  • Nylene13

    That is fine. The more the better!