Julian Assange and Australian Consular Assistance

Has Julian Assange been refused Australian Consular Assistance?.

Recent statements on various social media sites are saying that Australia has let Julian Assange down by refusing him any assistance.

How true is this?

News reports from 2012 to much more recent dates show that Julian Assange has refused Australian Consular Assistance, not the other way around.

Aug 17, 2012 – The Australian Government has confirmed it has had contact with Julian Assange while he has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy. A spokesman says Mr Assange was offered consular assistance, but he thanked them and declined the offer. (Assange refused offer of assistance from Australia)

Oct 24, 2019 – Julian Assange has instructed British authorities to stop releasing any information about him to the Australian High Commission in London. “The high commission continues to reach out to Mr Assange to offer consular assistance,” Department of Foreign Affairs assistant secretary Andrew Todd told a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. “There has been no reply to any of those approaches.”(Julian Assange blocks Australian consular assistance)

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