Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday said that he has personally asked the US government to drop its case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is an Australian citizen.
Albanese, who previously rejected public pressure to push for Assanges release, said that he raised the issue with US officials in recent meetings. The government will continue to act in a diplomatic way, but can I assure the member
that I have raised this personally with representatives of the United States government, Albanese said.
My position is clear and has been made clear to the US administration that it is time that this matter be brought to a close, the Australian leader added.