posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 12:02 AM
I wrote to the Prime Minister early December regarding my concerns for Julian Assange and what looked like "trumped up" charges and that I also
believed they were pandering to the US Government in this matter and received a response just yesterday. I don't know how to scan and upload the
letter so I'm just gonna type it here. I believe that this was a standard letter so am not concerned about my identity being revealed in sharing the
2 February 2011
Thank you for your recent correspondence about Julian Assange and the Wikileaks matter, which falls within the portfolio responsibility of the
Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP. The Attorney-General has asked me to reply on his behalf.
The Australian Government has stated that the large scale distribution of hundreds of thousands of classified United States Government documents is
reckless, irresponsible and potentially dangerous. In relation to Mr Assange, he is entitled to the same rights as any other Australian citizen,
including consular assistance and the right to return to Australia. The Government will not be engaging a running commentary on the Wikileaks matter
or the legal proceedings against Mr Assange.
The Government acknowledges the importance of openness and transparency and the public's right to be informed or raise concerns about government
matters. However, withh any right comes responsibility. Being informed of government related matters does not entail an automatic right to every
document within the government's possession. Certan information must remain confidential in order for governments to carry out their role of
protecting the national interest.
The Australian Government has put in place a range of mechanisms to balance the competing public interests in this area, including strong freedom of
information laws, independent accountability and oversight mechanisms and a commitment to strengthn laws to protect whistleblowers. The Government
has stated that the debate about the Wikileaks matter is not about censoring free speech or preventing the media from reporting news. The
Government's concerns relate to the reckless disregard for the potential damage that could be caused by the unauthorised disclosure of classified
Thank you for writing to the Government with your concerns.
Security Law Branch
edit on 5-2-2011 by heffo7 because: typos