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WikiLeaks – the game is about to begin

07/12/2010

I do not know if julian Assange committed an offence in Sweden – but I suspect he did not. It is evidently a set-up, a sham. The fact that he has voluntarily presented himself to UK police shows he knows there is no point in hiding. He is an Australian and the Australian newspaper is to publish a piece by him in a few hours at

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/

according to a report on the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2010/dec/07/wikileaks-us-embassy-cables-live-updates

Meanwhile, the Australian Government can’t decide what to do:

Julia Gillard can’t say how WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has broken the law

  • From:AAP
  • December 07, 2010 12:41PM
  • JULIA Gillard has failed to name any Australian laws broken by the controversial WikiLeaks website or its founder Julian Assange.

Western governments have called for Mr Assange to be stopped as WikiLeaks continues to publish more than 250,000 confidential documents from the United States State Department.

But asked directly what Australian laws had been broken by either WikiLeaks or Mr Assange, an Australian, Ms Gillard said the Australian Federal Police were investigating.

“The foundation stone of it is an illegal act,” Ms Gillard told reporters in Canberra.

But the “foundation stone” was the leaking of the documents to the website, not the publishing of the cables.

“It would not happen, information would not be on WikiLeaks, if there had not been an illegal act undertaken,” Ms Gillard said.

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Mr Assange’s lawyers have said they are considering defamation action against Ms Gillard after she accused the whistleblower of “illegal” conduct over the leak of US documents.

However Jennifer Robinson, one of Mr Assange’s legal team, this morning conceded that taking action against Ms Gillard for potentially defamatory comments was no longer a priority.

It is widely assumed the man responsible for the leaks is a US soldier who is already imprisoned for previous leaks.

“It’s grossly irresponsible and anybody who looks at the pages of today’s newspaper and sees that things like critical infrastructure lists are being put on WikiLeaks … would understand how grossly irresponsible this is,” Ms Gillard said.

A classified cable listing infrastructure critical to the US was published by the site yesterday.

The list included some Australian-based infrastructure including the already widely known undersea telecommunications cable – the Southern Cross Cable.

Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis accused Ms Gillard of being “clumsy” with her language on the issue of illegality.

“As far as I can see, he (Mr Assange) hasn’t broken any Australian law,” he told Sky News.

“Nor does it appear he has broken any American laws.”

Senator Brandis, a Queen’s Counsel, called for any debate about the publishing of the cables to have a well-defined understanding of the difference between something which appeared to be morally wrong and an act which was illegal.

“As far as I can see, nothing Mr Assange has done does break the law.”

AAP


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