Assange receives peace prize while awaiting extradition
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, currently fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden for alleged sex crimes, has been awarded a peace prize from his native Australia.
Assange, who has enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret American diplomatic cables, has been awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal.
Although the Peace Prize is awarded annually by the foundation, only three others in its 14 year history have received the gold award for courage in pursuit of human rights.
The other winners include the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.
The prize was presented in London Tuesday. Assange remains on bail in Britain pending his challenge to a judge’s decision to extradite him to Sweden, for questioning about allegations of sexual assault including rape.