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The federal government has indicated an Australian Federal Police investigation into whether WikiLeaks committed a criminal act could take more than a year.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland has compared the saga of leaked US diplomatic cables to former Treasury mole Godwin Grech, who sparked the OzCar affair in mid-2009.
Speaking to reporters in Sydney, Mr McClelland pointed out how it took the commonwealth director of public prosecutions almost 18 months to decide against taking legal action.
"Hello Melbourne. You're looking good Melbourne," she said as she took the stage, flanked by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.
Even if they pass new legislation, they can't make it retroactive...they have to find something in existing law, which looks as though it doesn't exist, so it's going to take them a year to look for the needle in the haystack.
Originally posted by Ross 54
The U.S. can't pass a law making publishing leaked documents illegal, and then use it to prosecute Mr. Assange or Wikileaks for something they did before the law existed. Its called an Ex post facto law (after the fact) and is forbidden by the Constitution. Ross