JULIAN ASSANGE: WHY WE SHOULD CARE 1

A SUMMARY OF ANSWERS FROM THE BOOK

"THE TRIAL OF JULIAN ASSANGE"

By NILS MELZER

FORMER UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE

Julian Assange is an Australian citizen facing over 170 years in a US prison for revealing war crimes committed by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nils Melzer, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has written a powerful expose of the abuses of power and myths aimed at Assange by the US in its bid to prosecute Mr Assange. This document has been prepared by the Australian Assange campaign legal team. It summarises the key findings and points made by Nils Melzer.

1 The information contained in this document is taken from the book "The Trial of Julian Assange" by Nils Melzer, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

1. Why did Nils Melzer write a book about Julian Assange?

2. Why should we care about Julian Assange?

3. Didn't the publication of confidential United States documents by WikiLeaks and New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegal and other put people's lives at risk?

4. Mr Assange was never charged with any offence in Sweden

5. Mr Assange was interviewed by Swedish police on August 30th, 2010, answering all questions.

6. When the Swedish case was opened for the third time why didn't Assange go back to Sweden to answer the charge?

7. Why doesn't Assange just go to the United States and face the charges? Will he get a fair trial there?

8. What about the charges he is facing; aren't they serious?

9. Why did he not leave the Ecuadorian Embassy?

10. Didn't he smear shit all over the walls in the Ecuadorian Embassy and try to hack their computers, and treat the staff badly?

11. What can we do?

12. Who is Prof. Nils Melzer?

Document prepared by John Shipton, Greg Barns SC and Stephen Kenny
For further information or comment on these matters, please email: the_trial@assangecampaign.org.au
The book is sold at many Assange Campaign events or available online at Dymocks Books and Gifts (selected on price)