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Updated Wed Dec 8, 2010 11:32pm AEDT
Mr Assange is in custody in Britain facing extradition to Sweden. (Time magazine)
Video: Assange vows to fight extradition (7.30 Report) Video: Rudd shakes off cable accusations (7pm TV News NSW) Audio: Rudd maintains indifference to cable leak (PM) Related Story: Hackers target Mastercard in WikiLeaks protest Related Story: Rudd shrugs off 'control freak' cable Related Story:
AUstralia's Foreign Minister & former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd says the United States, not WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is to blame for the release of secret diplomatic cables.
Mr Rudd says the 39-year-old Australian cannot be held personally responsible for the release of more than 250,000 documents.
He says the leaks raise questions about the adequacy of US security.
"Mr Assange is not himself responsible for the unauthorised release of 250,000 documents from the US diplomatic communications network," said Mr Rudd, who has been criticised in one leaked cable as a "control freak".
"The Americans are responsible for that."
Mr Rudd appears to be in agreement with former prime minister John Howard, who earlier today said Mr Assange had not done anything wrong by publishing cables that contained "frank commentary".
"Any journalist will publish confidential information if he or she gets hold of it, subject only to compelling national security interests," Mr Howard said.
"The issue is whether any of this material and the publication of it will endanger people's lives or endanger individual countries.
"The bad people in this little exercise are the people who gave the information to him, because they're the people who breached the trust.
"They deserve to be chased and prosecuted."
Some US politicians are looking for ways to indict Mr Assange over the breach of security.
Mr Assange is in custody in Britain facing extradition to Sweden in relation to sexual assault allegations, but authorities in both countries insist his detention has nothing to do with the recent release of the secret cables.
Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, will remain behind bars until an extradition hearing on December 14.
The original source of the leaks is not known, though a US army private who worked as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Bradley Manning, has been charged by military authorities with unauthorised downloading of more than 150,000 State Department cables.
US officials have declined to say whether those cables are those now being released by WikiLeaks.
June 7, 2010
Wikileaks received 260,000 US diplomatic cables?
He said he also leaked three other items to Wikileaks: a separate video showing the notorious 2009 Garani air strike in Afghanistan that Wikileaks has previously acknowledged is in its possession; a classified Army document evaluating Wikileaks as a security threat, which the site posted in March; and a previously unreported breach consisting of 260,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables that Manning described as exposing “almost criminal political back dealings.”
“Hillary Clinton, and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” Manning wrote.
Mideast envoy endorses U.S. switch on settlements.
From NBC's Andrea Mitchell.
Special Mideast representative Tony Blair, in Jerusalem today, endorsed last night's U.S. decision to stop opposing Israeli settlement expansion.After taking a hard line on settlements for three years, the Obama White House gave up, & will instead take a more hard line with isreal.
April 9, 2009
of course the US are to blame..Rudds always been a straight shooter,now weve got that red headed tart running the coupe..cant stand her and that fake smile ..
Wikileaks succeeded where the Puppet media of the US of A failed atrociously to protect its rights,it's public voice and its citizens by removing their rights and heeling like good little puppies..The whole USA general media are simple puppets..
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