Politics

Dec 8, 2010

Grattan Street intrigue as Assange fingers sharehouse

What's the relevance and intrigue surrounding 177 Grattan Street, Carlton? Well, Julian Assange for starters.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Murmurings burbled among the several Melbourne Uni alumni inside London's City of Westminister Magistrates' Court when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange listed his address as "177 Grattan Street, Parkville". Assange, who clearly meant "Carlton" (Parkville begins west of Royal Parade), initially refused to name an abode. But after consulting with his legal team, he fingered the modest terrace opposite the postgraduate centre and next door to the Lowitja Institute in the leafy education precinct. This morning, 177 Grattan drew a baying media scrum, with hacks hammering on the door in the hope that Julian's son, Daniel, might be home (we're pretty sure he doesn't live there). Photos and yelled questions were posed to one resident, who scampered away in disgust. According to University of Melbourne property services, the building, which has a "24-hour video surveillance" sticker attached to it, is not owned by the university, and appears to be a private rental.

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