Australia says Assange entitled to consular help

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 6, 2010 04:40

SYDNEY— Australia's government on Monday said  the country will give consular help to WikiLeaks' founder if he is arrested abroad.

However, the adminstration again condemned WikiLeaks' publication of secret US diplomatic documents, saying doing so threatens the security of the United States and its allies.

Attorney General Robert McClelland told reporters Monday that WikiLeaks was grossly irresponsible for publishing the documents because they could identify informants.

Still, he says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is entitled to return to his home country and to receive consular help from Australian officials if he is arrested overseas.


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