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Wikileaks’ Assange Faces Arrest In Australia

Wikileaks’ Assange Faces Arrest In Australia

 

Could Julian Assange himself become a victim of documents leaked by Wikileaks, the whistleblower website he founded? This past week, Wikileaks released all 251,287 of the US diplomatic cables it acquired. According to the Guardian — which has found itself accused of revealing the password Assange gave to one of its reporters to access the files — the Wikileaks founder could face arrest and prosecution in his native Australia for publishing sensitive information about government officials:

Australia’s attorney general, Robert McClelland, confirmed in a statement on Friday that the new cable release identified at least one individual within the country’s intelligence service. He added it is a criminal offence in the country to publish any information which could lead to the identification of an intelligence officer.

“I am aware of at least one cable in which an ASIO officer is purported to have been identified,” he said. “ASIO and other Government agencies officers are working through the material to see the extent of the impact on Australian interests.

Assange is currently fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden on charges of sexual misconduct over allegations of raping two women there. Should he be extradited, he will no longer be able to remain in the UK, as his visa will have expired. He also faces legal action in the US: A grand jury in Virginia is deciding whether to prosecute him. Bradley Manning, the US soldier who allegedly leaked the files, is currently in custody on 34 charges.

The BBC describes some of the latest revelations from the cables:

Several thousand of the files were marked “Strictly protect,” an indication that US officials “thought sources could be endangered if identified.” Other files included the names of victims of sex offenses, people who had been persecuted by their governments and the locations of sensitive government installations.

The GuardianNew York Times, El País, Der Spiegel and Le Monde had previously worked in conjunction with Wikileaks to edit the documents for sensitive material including the names of diplomatic informants prior to allowing the files to be released. All five media organizations have condemned the release of the full set of unredacted cables in a statement:

“We deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted state department cables, which may put sources at risk.

“Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough joint editing and clearance process. We will continue to defend our previous collaborative publishing endeavour. We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data – indeed, we are united in condemning it.

“The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone.”

The person who made those decisions may soon have to face their consequences.

 

Previous Care2 Coverage

Wikileaks Decides to Release All Files

Wikileaks Publishes Cables With Names of Confidential Sources

“Mentally Fragile” Bradley Manning “Should Never Have Been Sent to Iraq”

 

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8:14AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Without Julian Assange we would never had known about the human rights violations that are being perpetrated by the US and other governments. I think the rape charges were thrown in to muddy the water and discredit a brave man who told the world exactly what was happening.
Evil acts are committed in the shadows and terrible things are done to the innocent while the rest of the world throws it's hands up and pleads ignorance. But we can no longer look the other way. We can no longer trust government while they are in thrall to big business. We are living in an era where our basic rights are being whittled away while the 1% make obscene profits and wars are waged so that huge conglomerates can strip that country of all it's resources.
We need more people like Assange and Manning otherwise one day we might find ourselves facing the barrel of a gun.

7:59PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Sure arrest him while George Bush, the terrorist baby killer that he is, walks free. I really hope the end is near so we can hunt down those responsible for the worlds ills - like Bush and his supporters and well, you know.

6:25PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Yes, that is what you get if you obstruct (by exposing) the greatest corporate criminals... how sick and idiotic is society/humanity?

1:24PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

The gov. needs to be more transparent and stop all this secrecy nonsense and quit treating us like we are all stupid.

9:38AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Bibbi it is obvious that there is going to be a massive smear campaign in the not-so-free press. He has exposed dirty secrets of 'the Crazies' and they own the mass media through various organisations that all work together to hide the truth that he has exposed on several occasions.

The CFR is the worst offender for coordinating the propaganda 'psyche war' and they even have a hand in engineering events that they later lies about.

If you want to know the truth don't bother with the mass media;

"We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries". David Rockefeller (honorary chairman of CFR and youngest ever director in 1949 and subsequently became chairman of the board from 1970 to 1985).

5:34PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Read about Assange and his Wikileaks' negative effect upon people fighting for democracy and freedom in fascist/oppressive countries: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/18/julian-assange-wikileaks-nick-cohen

8:43AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

To Barbara M.

I have defended Mr Assange since day one and continue to do so on every occasion. But whatever happens to him next, thousands of young computer geniuses are gearing up to follow his lead. One may fall, but the struggle keeps moving on.

We fought long and hard to get those communication tools, now we are going to use them. Wait and see.

Too much light on one person can burn, but for many of us working in the dark, that light was a proof that we're not working in vain. Thank you Julian for taking the heat...

Serge Grenier

8:26PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I just want to mention that I never mean any disrespect to the families of those that died that day. I weep and pray for them for them literally, every time I see those horrific images. No matter how coldly I may appear when I am reviewing evidence please know that I don't mean to upset anyone or cause offence, God forbid, and that I am probably writing with tears of empathy and compassion.

Many of those families are many times more passionate about finding out the cause their unimaginable grief than I will ever be able to understand. We must not be deterred by those (G.Bush) who imply it is blasphemy to question the official crock. Even the wonderful religions of the world must be questioned; many of them recommend that their adherents regularly engage in contemplation of this nature and discourage blind belief (belief is not the same as faith).

We must not become desensitised. I must have watched those towers fall a thousand times and I still weep and I know this is a good thing; it shows that my heart has not hardened or become bitter or angry. My tears will only purify my heart and avoid it becoming hard.

I am sure this is also true of the vast majority of the caring souls here that want to uncover the truth. And brothers, do not feel you should be 'too tough' to feel compassion; this is a weakness, not a strength.

8:22PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I absolutely agree dear Barbara; I am not playing 'J'accuse' so much as I want exactly what you want; an independent enquiry with all those awkward questions asked that none of the mainstream media or the NIST report, the CIA or the FBI want to ask, yet every concerned citizen of the world is jumping up and down repeatedly yelling.

I believe it is very important that we don't rule anything out until there is a satisfactory independent investigation of the evidence.

Some of the evidence that I have seen points to a collaboration between Mossad, the CIA, the Bush administration and the government 'advisors' who remain the same no matter who is in office (Bohemian Grover's such as Rumsfeld, Gergen, Cheney et al). They should not investigate themselves.

There is no doubt there is a cover up. No disaster was ever before immediately shipped off to China and melted down; especially the most important cataclysmic world changing event in history.

Only 16% of Americans believe the office nonsense (The NY times/CBS poll) and they can be accounted for by people who are not even interested and those with more severe 'normalcy bias'. *

* A psychological phenomenon whereby something is too horrific to believe therefore the brain shuts down; I have seen people literally standing next to a fire when they could have just walked away but instead they burned to death (disaster management training video for employees).

6:47PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I admit that the mechanisms of this site I find a little awkward.

Scott F. -- here's another part of the already "missing part" stated below.

". . . . while at the same time trying to frame some Saudi's for it." Scott, you, yourself, in one of your comments somewhere, made mention that the hijackers were all Saudis, as I recall.
I have my own particular sentiments about what I think may have happened, also, have spoken with a number of those living in New York, and one fortunate to get out of the Towers, who are on a crusade to finding the truth, as well, and the focus is more of an internal one, if that makes sense to you.

So, we are on different ends of the spectrum on this, but, nonetheless, concerned as to the truth!

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