Australia opposes death penalty as Assange supporters march


"We support Australians in those cases by providing consular assistance, so Mr Assange will get the same support any other Australian would in these circumstances, he is not... going to be given any special treatment", the prime minister told ABC news.

Morrison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the Australian-born citizen would be at the mercy of the judicial system overseas.

"It doesn't matter what particular crime it is that they're alleged to have committed, that's the way the system works", Morrison said.

A collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday in Ecuador while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country's interior minister said. After his arrest, Assange was taken to court in London and was convicted on a charge of skipping bail in 2012.

The U.S. Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a computer hacking conspiracy, accusing him of helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning break into classified computers. The whistleblower faced allegations of sexual assault in Sweden before seeking protection inside the embassy.

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Australia said on Friday it would oppose the death penalty for Julian Assange if he's extradited to the United States, as protesters in Sydney called for his release and Australia's journalists' union voiced its strong support for him.

Sweden later dropped its investigation, but Assange remained at the embassy over fears Britain might extradite him to the United States in connection with WikiLeaks' publication of classified USA government documents.

Assange refused to step foot outside the embassy over fears of arrest. One was the release of the "collateral murder" video that showed a USA helicopter crew callously gunning down Iraqi civilians in 2007, further exposing the murderous nature of the US occupation of that country.

Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno issued a video statement Thursday explaining his country's decision, saying it had "reached its limit" on his behavior.