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: