Dec 5, 2012

Gillard received WikiLeaks cable tip-off: Assange book

The Australian government was warned about embarrassing cables before WikiLeaks published them, according to an updated book on Julian Assange by ABC journalist Andrew Fowler.

Tom Cowie

Crikey journalist

Julia Gillard was tipped off by the US government that the WikiLeaks cable dump would be embarrassing for her and the federal government, prompting the Prime Minister to make the claim the group had acted “illegally” in 2010.

That’s one of the claims made in an afterword included in a fresh update of The Most Dangerous Man In The World, Andrew Fowler’s book about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks originally published last year. As Crikey reported last week, Gillard’s remarks were later used by financial companies Mastercard and Visa to block donations to the whisteblower organisation, despite the AFP subsequently saying WikiLeaks had broken no laws. As Fowler writes:

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6 thoughts on “Gillard received WikiLeaks cable tip-off: Assange book

  1. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    …..against the basic TENET of British law.

  2. Mike Flanagan

    Since this fellow was donated a Walkley Award, every journalist from arounf the burning log has given us a potted history of all his protagonists and his own antics.
    He has written buggar all, and in fact, his trade is internet snooping and his claim to fame is avoiding answering questions and facilitating the filching of computer records and data.
    Hardly groundbreaking, but maybe offering a fleeting salacious interest but with little or no value to his own career or the general public’s attention.

  3. john willoughby

    The Prisoner of Zegna.. a bit of Manning up please..

  4. klewso

    Yes when you put it in those terms, he does sound like an ordinary journalist doesn’t he – except the view he gave us was the “less popular/establishment”, of real public interest, not as judged by the establishment for general exhibition?
    And his “hacking” was bigger than theirs?

  5. Patriot

    Another cover-up by the deceitful Gillard. The woman couldn’t lіe straight in bed!

  6. AR

    Adversity makes strange bedfellows and the enemy of an enemy is deemed a friend by those of limited vision, morality & ethics.
    Assange made himself the enemy of so many so powerful entities that he has few friends with less than zero power.
    Apart from Justice.

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