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Australian PM: WikiLeaks actions 'illegal'

SYDNEY — Australia's prime minister slammed WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents as "illegal" on Thursday, in the country's strongest condemnation yet of the website's ongoing release of sensitive data.

Julia Gillard's comments, while tough, did not indicate Australia was about to take legal action against Australian-born WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The country's attorney general reiterated Thursday that authorities are investigating whether Assange has broken any Australian laws, but have not yet reached a conclusion.

"I absolutely condemn the placement of this information on the WikiLeaks website," Gillard told Fairfax Radio. "It's a grossly irresponsible thing to do and an illegal thing to do."

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