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Julian Assange wants to sue Prime Minister Julia Gillard over WikiLeaks defamation

WikiLeaks' founder is looking to sue the Australian Prime Minister over defamation

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Oct 8, 2012 2:27 am

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.


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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?


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