Wikileaks local law breaches unclear

"Common sense test" shows leaking "gross irresponsibility conduct"

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is yet to receive advice as to whether the publishing of US embassy cables has breached any Australian law.

Confirming the lack of advice in a press conference, Gillard said the leak had broken US laws but would not provide information on which Australian laws, if any, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had broken.

“I haven’t received advice yet and obviously our Federal Police go through thorough processes before providing such advice, but I’ve been asked about this matter a number of times and I want to be clear about my attitude to it: The foundation stone is an illegal act that certainly breached the laws of the United States of America,” Gillard said.

“The individual involved, there are potential matters arising from Sweden and the warrant there. Then, of course, we’ve got the Australian Federal Police looking to see whether Australian laws have been broken and then we’ve got the common sense test about the gross irresponsibility of this conduct.”

The news follows comments made by a lawyer for Assange, Jennifer Robinson, that a meeting with UK police is being arranged following the receiving of a European arrest warrant for Assange by UK authorities.

Assange is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault against two women in Sweden.

"I think all Australians ought to be concerned that the Australian Government hasn't been more supportive of him and has been very quick to accuse rather than support,” Robinson told ABC television.

"As we have maintained the entire time and as demonstrated by his numerous voluntary offers for cooperation with Swedish prosecuting authorities, he is very keen to clear his name."

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