Chomsky signs Aus letter of support for Assange


Renowned American scholar and activist Avram Noam Chomsky, signed an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today urging her to make a “strong statement” in support of Julian Assange.

Professor Avram Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegre) in 2003.

Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a prominent critic of US foreign policy, joined scores of high-profile Australian lawyers, authors and journalists in signing the letter.

Noting the “increasingly violent rhetoric” directed towards Australian-born Assange, the besieged founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, the signatories said there were “grave concerns” for his safety.

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