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    Assange Given Aboriginal Passport

    John Shipton, the biological father of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, holds an Aboriginal Nations passport for use when travelling within Australia which he accepted in Sydney on behalf of his son on September 15, 2012. Shipton said he spoke frequently with his 41-year-old son who won asylum from Ecuador to escape extradition from Britain to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD        (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/GettyImages)

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    In a show of solidarity on Saturday, the Indigenous Social Justice Association, an Australian activist group, held a ceremony in Sydney offering Australian Julian Assange an Aboriginal passport. The WikiLeaks founder's father, who says his son has been "abandoned" by Australian authorities, was on hand to accept the passport, which will be sent to Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The group that issued the passport is an activist association pushing for the recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty, a cause Assange backs. But the passport is merely symbolic: the current Australian government has still made no moves.

    Read it at Sydney Morning Herald