Maybe, but it goes against the record of these newspapers.
There’s literally no reason to reject such a story. NYT, Guardian et al scooped up numerous journalism awards using WikiLeaks/Manning disclosures.
What record is that? Their records of having to retract stories? You realise that WikiLeaks has NEVER had to retract anything they’re published. They have a 100% accuracy record despite having a fraction of the budget of these so called ‘reputable’ outlets.
EDIT - Oh and the NYT, that bastion of ‘liberal’ journalism has been for every war since pfft at least the first Gulf War.
DFAT statement rejects claims that Australia has been complicit in psychological torture and states that he continues to receive active and high level consular support ( whatever that means - who has carriage for this at the High Commission and how closely involved is the High Commissioner?).
Further, in its heavily coded statement, DFAT states that Assange had told ( unnamed ) Australian officials that he is being treated the same as other Belmarsh prisoners. No mention whether that treatment is the same for other Belmarsh prisoners incarcerated for jumping bail and facing two sets of extradition charges, one of which could have him jailed for life.
That statement would not have been issued without clearance at Ministerial level.
Now that the Morrison Ministry has been sworn in, waiting for a statement from the Foreign Minister.
The DFAT statement is extremely self serving. This isn’t the first time that Australia completely ignores a UN report / ruling and it won’t be the last.
It’s obvious that the Australia has been complicit in the psychological torture of Assange, Gillard threatened to strip Assange of his citizenship back in 2010 and was told she had no legal basis to do so. Starting with the Greens backed Labor, this country has completely abandoned Assange. It’s as though he’s not even an Australian citizen.
TBF it is not a UN report or ruling, the author is a UN appointed official. It has no legal status, nor can it be construed as representing the view of the UN. It’s out there for others to comment on. So far Australia has chosen to comment at the level of officials, nothing from the US, UK or Sweden.
It’s not unhelpful to Assange’s cause, if the status of his health can be medically verified. In the past the UK rejected a US extradition request on mental health grounds.
In a related matter, 7.30 has a story on our own ATO Whistle Blower facing 160 plus years in Prison, Richard Boyle tonight.