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Australia says Assange entitled to consular help

Australia says Assange entitled to consular help
Associated Press
Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 9:04pm

SYDNEY – Australia's government says the country will give consular help to WikiLeaks' founder if he is arrested abroad.

However, the adminstration again condemned WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. diplomatic documents, saying doing so threatens the security of the United States and its allies.

Attorney General Robert McClelland told reporters Monday that WikiLeaks was grossly irresponsible for publishing the documents because they could identify informants.

Still, he says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is entitled to return to his home country and to receive consular help from Australian officials if he is arrested overseas.

Assange, who is in Britain, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over allegations including rape and sexual molestation.


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