Julian Assange's Asylum Bid
22 June 2012
The latest move by the WikiLeaks founder leads to doubts about his claims on the law, writes Professor Ben Saul.
Julian Assange recently requested political asylum in Equador, claiming that Australia has abandoned him, and that he is at risk of being sent to face the death penalty in the US.
In an article co-authored with Professor Jane McAdam at UNSW in The Australian, Professor Saul writes that there are four key reasons why Assange's asylum request is legally doubtful.
"First, there is no imminent serious threat to Assange from the British authorities, such that sanctuary in Ecuador's embassy is necessary to protect him.
"Second, there is no imminent prospect of Assange being returned to the US to face charges carrying the death penalty, whether from Britain, Sweden or
"Fourth, even if charges were not seen as political, Assange would benefit from other protections.
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