Wikileaks: Australia FM blames United states, not really Julian Assange8 Dec 2010
Kevin Rudd explained the release raised questions about US safety.
Mr Rudd explained he didnt ‘give a damn’ about criticism of him within the cables.
Mr Assange, arrested within the UK about sex crime allegations in Sweden, has accused the Australian government of ‘disgraceful pandering’ to your US.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard had earlier known as Mr Assanges release of your cables ‘grossly irresponsible’.
About the past two weeks, Wikileaks has launched a huge number of classified messages from US envoys about the entire world, from greater than 250,000 it has been given.
Washington has known as their publication ‘irresponsible’ and an ‘attack around the worldwide community’.
First class job
In an interview with Reuters news agency, Mr Rudd explained: ‘Mr Assange is not himself accountable for that unauthorised release of 250,000 documents from your US diplomatic communications community. The Americans are accountable for that.’
Mr Rudd, the former prime minister who was replaced by Julia Gillard in June, extra: ‘I think you can find actual questions to be asked in regards to the adequacy of [the US] safety systems along with the level of access that individuals have needed to that materials.
‘The core accountability, and therefore legal legal responsibility, goes to those men and women accountable for that original unauthorised release.’
The White Property has ordered US government businesses to tighten their dealing with of classified documents within the wake of your Wikileaks releases.
Mr Rudd was dismissed in one leaked US cable as being a ‘mistake-prone control freak’.
In cables printed by the Sydney Morning Herald former US ambassador Robert McCallum explained Mr Rudd manufactured ’snap announcements without having consulting other nations or inside of the Australian government’.
The US was also angered at what it known as Mr Rudds ’self-serving and inaccurate leaking’ of a telephone call with then US President George W Bush during which Mr Rudd was noted as declaring: ‘Stunned to hear Bush say, Whats the G20?’
Mr Rudd shrugged off the criticism, declaring: ‘Im sure considerably worse has been published about me in the past and probably considerably worse is going to be published about me within the long run but frankly, mate, I dont care.
Ms Gillard defended Mr Rudd, declaring: ‘Hes bringing [his] expertise to bear for that Australian nation and performing an totally very first class job.’
Mr Assange has been very vital of your Australian governments stance around the release of your cables.
In an opinion piece within the Australian on Wednesday, Mr Assange accused the Australian government of ‘disgraceful pandering’ to your Americans and of putting the powers of your government absolutely in the disposal of your US.
Inside the piece headlined ‘Dont shoot the messenger for revealing unpleasant truths’, he says: ‘Democratic societies will need a powerful media and Wikileaks is a component of that media. The media assists maintain government truthful.’
He adds: ‘The Australian attorney-general is performing anything he can to help a US investigation clearly directed at framing Australian citizens and delivery them to your US.’
Mr Assange has been refused bail by a courtroom in London but has vowed to combat extradition to Sweden.
He denies sexually assaulting two females in Sweden but was remanded in custody pending a hearing following week.
Mr Assanges lawyer, Mark Stephens, has claimed the expenses are ‘politically motivated’.
On the pay a visit to to Serbia on Wednesday, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt explained there had been no make contact with with US authorities in regards to the achievable extradition of Mr Assange from Sweden to your US.
The US has begun a felony investigation and vowed to punish everyone found accountable for illegal leaks.
No-one has been charged with passing the diplomatic information to Wikileaks, but suspicion has fallen on US Army non-public Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged about an earlier leak.