WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hired Sydney lawyers who will look into a defamation case against Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. The WikiLeaks founder told left-leaning activist group GetUp! that the PM defamed WikiLeaks when she allegedly told a radio station back in 2010 that Assange had broken the law by releasing hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.
Assange told GetUp! "I have hired lawyers in Sydney and they are investigating the different ways in which we can sue Gillard over this statement". Back in late-2010, Gillard talked about the WikiLeaks release, where she said:
I absolutely condemn the placement of this information on the WikiLeaks website. It's a grossly irresponsible thing to do and an illegal thing to do.
Assange fires back with a statement to GetUp!:
The effects of this statement are ongoing and they directly affect the financial viability of Wikileaks. We are considering suing for defamation so I have hired lawyers in Sydney.
You can read more about it here, but what do you think of this whole thing? Do you think Assange has a case versus the Australian government?