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Australian Members of Parliament (MPs) have shown their support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by voting in favor of a motion that calls on the United States and the United Kingdom to end his prosecution and allow his return to Australia. The motion, successfully moved by Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, received 86 votes in favor and 42 against, indicating a significant level of political backing for Assange’s cause.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously expressed concerns about the disproportionate punishment faced by Assange and emphasized the need for a resolution in the case. Assange, who is currently held in London’s Belmarsh prison awaiting a hearing on his potential extradition to the US, is viewed as a symbol of media freedom. Many fear that his prosecution could set a dangerous precedent for journalists worldwide.

Wilkie, a vocal advocate for Assange, emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating that time is running out to save Assange from further legal battles. The recent parliamentary vote represents a strong message to the US to acknowledge Australia’s political support and cease the extradition proceedings against Assange.

The outcome of this vote marks a significant step in the ongoing saga surrounding Julian Assange, with hopes that it will lead to an end to his prolonged incarceration and legal troubles.


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Article Title: Federal MPs pass motion urging US and UK to allow Julian Assange’s return to Australia
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