'Absolutely shameful' for Diane Abbott to defend Assange

Diane Abbott

Friday, April 12, 2019

A political activist has condemned Diane Abbott's comments defending Julian Assange.

Appearing on the Matthew Wright show, Ava Etemadzadeh said it was "absolutely shameful" for the Labour MP to support the controversial whistleblower, who was accused of sexual assault in 2010.

"It's absolutely shameful how Diane Abbott has been responding to Julian Assange's extradition," Ms Etemadzadeh said.

"Defending someone who has been accused of rape - which is a criminal offence - is an insult to victims of assault and harassment within the party."

Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Ms Abbott said that the WikiLeaks co-founder was being pursued because he "exposed wrongdoing" and not to protect "US national security".

She continued to say that Assange had leaked material that was "in the utmost public interest".

Ms Etemadzadeh, who alleges she was assaulted by a Labour MP in 2014, claims it was "no surprise" that a Labour member came to Assange's defence.

"We all know that they have been trivialising harassment and assault cases over the last few years, especially when it comes to protecting their own allies," she added.

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