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Australian police are investigating whether WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange has broken any of the country’s laws and is liable to prosecution there, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said on Saturday.
Washington is furious about WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of its confidential diplomatic cables, which have given unvarnished and sometimes embarrassing insights into the foreign policy of the United States and its allies.
“The federal police was asked by the Australian attorney-general some days ago to investigate whether or not Assange has breached any element of the Australian criminal law,” Rudd told reporters on the sidelines of a security conference in Bahrain.
If Assange has broken any Australian laws, his case will be referred to the public prosecutor, Rudd said.
“The Australian government unequivocally condemns the action by any of those responsible for the unauthorised release of classified and confidential information and diplomatic communications between states,” he said.
Assange, who is reported to be somewhere in southern England, said on Friday he and colleagues were taking steps to protect themselves after receiving death threats — we seek him here, we seek him there??
One of Assange’s lawyers has also said he would fight any attempt to extradite his client to Sweden to face questions over alleged sexual misconduct.
Asked if the Australian authorities were considering withdrawing Assange’s passport, Rudd said: “Any action on his passport would be entirely contingent on the recommendations provided by the Australian federal police.”
most direct attack at Mr. Assange has come in the form of his placement on Interpol’s most wanted list for the crime of having sex without a condom, immediately after having had consensual sex with the same women while using a condom. As explained by Israel Shamir of CounterPunch.org;
The prime accuser, Anna Ardin has “ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups. She published her anti-Castro diatribes in the Swedish-language publication Revista de Asignaturas Cubanas put out by Misceláneas de Cuba…Note that Ardin was deported from Cuba for subversive activities.”
It’s certainly not conspiracism to suspect that the CIA has been at work in fomenting these Swedish accusations. As Shamir reports, “The moment Julian sought the protection of Swedish media law, the CIA immediately threatened to discontinue intelligence sharing with SEPO, the Swedish Secret Service.”