Equatorial Guinea

To diminish Julian Assange’s fear of being extradited, The Australian’s editorial informs us that “Sweden is not Equatorial Guinea” (18/8). Indeed; as far as I know Equatorial Guinea has never participated in “extraordinary rendition” – the extra-judicial U.S. kidnapping and sometimes torture of suspects – as Sweden has on several occasions. As it is now clear that both the U.S. and Australian governments have been lying about intentions to prosecute Assange, his reluctance to walk into a trap hardly justifies the label of cowardice.

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