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George Christensen & Andrew Wilkie go in to bat for Julian Assange in the UK

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Two Australian MPs have called for Boris Johnson to intervene in the US extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assangeand said it should be dropped as: “He might be a rat bag, but he’s our rat bag.”

Liberal National Party MPs George Christensen and Andrew Wilkie, who co-chair a parliamentary group called ‘Bring Julian Assange Home’, spoke to journalists in London on Tuesday ahead of the first day of the extradition hearing next week.

Mr Christensen said during a press conference on Tuesday the extradition process was a threat to journalism, free speech and democracy and Assange’s case was “inherently wrong”.

Assange faces 18 charges, including conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer and is accused of working with former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified documents.

He is being held in prison ahead of his hearing, in which he will fight extradition to the US.

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