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    Assange Claims Australia Has Handed Over Its Sovereignty to Washington

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed Australia for being under the control of Washington, in relation to the country's surveillance program and links to the NSA.

    Speaking during a video link with the Melbourne-based Wheeler Center, Assange minced no words when dwelling on the US NSA's surveillance program.

    His remarks, which coincided with Assange’s 1199th day inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, came after the release of Assange's new book titled The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire.

    "The capital of Australia is [in fact] Washington DC," Assange said, in a clear reference to surveillance cooperation between the two countries.

    He also claimed that in this regard, it is already irrelevant to speak of Australia's sovereignty.

    "All sorts of strange things happen in politics, but I think Australia is a lost cause as a sovereign state," Assange said.

    He added that "halting increasing surveillance in Australia is [also] a lost cause."

    Additionally, he said that "Australia is notorious for abandoning its citizens, not just me."

    Assange went even further by arguing that as far as surveillance tactics are concerned, one might as well consider the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as one country.

    Ecuador granted Assange asylum on August 16, 2012, helping him to avoid prosecution in the United States, where he could face multiple espionage charges for leaking classified US documents, if extradited.

    Assange played a key role in uncovering a global surveillance network, in which the communications of high-level politicians, diplomatic missions, businesses and ordinary citizens were intercepted by US and UK intelligence services.


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      I believe that Julian Assange’s claim is correct. I consider that Australians have been manipulated and forced to give up their sovereignty to the USA in a very oppressive, but for many still invisible ‘orange revolution’ that has been pursued for some time. A large number of Prime Ministers and Premiers in Australia were politically assassinated in a backroom arranged coups d’état in recent years. This is in order to achieve that only those members of Parliament who are pro-USA are appointed in these leading positions in Australia. The following article refers to the political assassination of the former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, by the current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is a former employee and partner of Goldman Suchs:
      [MINA Breaking News - Goldman Sachs + Global Warming = Aussie PM fired
      URL: macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/28144/52

      I believe that still the worst aspect of all what has been happening in Australia in recent years, and probably in many other countries around the world, is the invisible exploitation of the welfare system and welfare recipients. Some people have been forced to be on welfare, in many instances by being falsely declared sick, or by being deliberately prevented from obtaining employment, in order to increase the number of welfare recipients. Welfare recipients’ personal information have been used for claims and payments for additional services to their primary benefits, without their knowledge and without being requested by them. These payments in their names are collected by third parties, and most likely by other countries. So, as many more people are on welfare benefits, including more refugees on welfare benefits, there is a bigger financial benefit for some parties. This has resulted in increased unemployment, increased number of refugees and increased number of people that have not been employed for a long period of time. The suffering of some welfare recipients is unbearable because of it. Many lives and careers have been deliberately destroyed.

      However, there are still many of us in Australia who are determined to participate in the fight for the integrity and sovereignty of our country, also for the respect of the human dignity and human rights of every individual around the world, even though sometime we have to pay a big price for it.
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