5 Dec 2010

Wikileaks founder says Australia has abandoned him

6:08 pm on 5 December 2010

The founder of Wikileaks says Australia has abandoned him and thrown away his rights in an attempt to pander to American interests.

Julian Assange, who is an Australian citizen, has embarrassed the US government and foreign leaders by leaking thousands of secret American diplomatic cables.

Swedish authorities have issued a fresh arrest warrant over sex crime allegations against Mr Assange.

Mr Assange told the Guardian newspaper that Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made it clear that not only is his return impossible but that she is actively working to assist the US government in its attacks on him.

The ABC reports that Ms Gillard has been heavily critical of Mr Assange, labelling him "grossly irresponsible" and calling the leaks illegal.

Australia's Attorney-General Robert McClelland said cancelling Mr Assange's passport would be counterproductive.

"There has been some discussion as to whether it would be counter-productive to remove the identification that would trigger the law enforcement processes," he said.