Wikileaks founder could face prosecution over US military document release


Wikileaks founder could face prosecution over US military document release

Jenny Williams

Wikileaks founder and Australian citizen, Julian Assange, may face prosecution from Australia if further US military documents released by the whistleblower site threaten serving forces' safety, claims a report.

Speaking at an international cyber security exercise launch, Australia's Attorney-General Robert McClelland, said, "Anything that puts those people who are serving their country and protecting our security at risk is entirely reprehensible, whether it's done for notoriety, whether it's done for commercial interests. If these acts amount to an offence, the people involved will most certainly be prosecuted," reported Australian newspaper, The Age.

Run from Sweden, Wikileaks previously published 77,000 US military documents on the war in Afghanistan and is expected to release almost 400,000 new documents in the coming weeks, said The Age.

A counterintelligence analysis report prepared by Michael Horvath of the cyber counterintelligence assessments branch of the US Army Counterintelligence Centre previously said Wikileaks represented "a potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC), and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army".

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