Australia to US: You, Not Assange, to Blame for Leaks
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd puts the blame on the leakers
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2010 8:12 AM CST
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, is greeted by Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at Government House in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mick Tsikas, Pool)

(Newser) – As Julian Assange spent the night in a British jail, his home country finally came to his defense. The WikiLeaks founder may have published classified documents, but he got them from somewhere. "Mr. Assange is not himself responsible for the unauthorized release of 250,000 documents from the US diplomatic communications network," Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd tells Reuters. "The Americans are responsible for that."

Amusingly, Reuters makes sure to note that Rudd is described in one of the leaked cables as a "control freak." Click to read Assange's recent request that Australia protect him.

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Dec 8, 2010 4:32 PM CST
The Real damage being done to America's reputation is not the content of these leaks but it's reaction to them.
Dec 8, 2010 1:23 PM CST
I am pretty sure of one thing, if Julian Assange had tried this with any other government, his body would have washed up on some shore immediately. So far I haven't seen anything that comes across as quite shocking or surprising, but I would be lying if I didnt say I'm kinda excited to see what he has on "the american bank" and will it actually be as big as he claims or just more hyped up shit.
Dec 8, 2010 1:22 PM CST
WikiLeaks had its place. We NEED good whistleblowers, we NEED governments and corporations to be afraid that all their back-room dealings will be made public. It keeps people honest to have people like this around. That being said, Julian has made this a personal vendetta against the US government. He has leaked documents that do nothing more than make a few people uncomfortable, and more importantly, they put people's lives at risk. It also shuts off communication at a very low level that our embassies depend on to work in different areas of the world. This was nothing more than Jullian's own personal revenge-fuck. We are not better for having known this information. For fuck-sake, most of this information is nothing more than hearsay and the opinions of ambassadors. I was all for wikileaks when they exposing real corruption, and bringing to light the truly corrupt in our world. Julian has become pathetic, vengeful, and quite childish. It's no wonder that most of those involved in wikileaks have decided to part ways and pursue a similar project that will actually provide information that will benefit society. Good luck in court Julian, I think you'll need it.