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Australian parliament seized books on Assange, family says

Added 08-06-22 05:37:04am EST - “Security prevented members of Julian Assange's family from taking books on the WikiLeaks co-founder to the Australian parliament” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Australian parliament seized books on Assange, family says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange’s father and brother say they have been barred from taking books about the jailed publisher to the Australian parliament, according to a report from The Guardian on Friday. Security guards apparently believe the copies are “protest material.”

John and Gabriel Shipton – Assange’s father and brother – went to the parliament in Canberra on Thursday to ask the government to intervene in the UK’s approved extradition of the Australian-born publisher to the US.

To make their case, they brought books written by Nils Melzer, the former UN special rapporteur on torture, that addressed Assange’s case. The Shiptons intended to hand out copies to MPs and members of the press.

However, Gabriel said the guards seized the books, which they regarded as “protest material.”

“I was saying ‘this is ridiculous. They’re books,’” Gabriel told The Guardian, adding that he offered to call MP and high-profile Assange supporter Andrew Wilkie. The guards, he said, allowed the call, but insisted that he could not take the books in.

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