Wikileaks Creator Julian Assange May Have Committed Offense
Australian Julian Assange, creator of Wikileaks, could be guilty of a serious criminal offense for aiding an enemy of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the lobby group, the Australia Defence Association (ADA) says.
Although most of the documents leaked by Wikileaks were nothing new to people cognizant to the Afghan war, the latest documents published on Wikileaks went beyond “justifiable whistleblowing.”
The documents being referred to were those that cover period 2004-09, released to various US, UK and German publications by WikiLeaks. This included claims that Pakistani’s intelligence service is helping the Taliban.
Some of the recent leaks also mentioned how the Australian Defence Department is forming a group to assess if the recent leaks are a threat to the safety of Australian troops.
“Put bluntly, Wikileaks is not authorized in international or Australian law, nor equipped morally or operationally, to judge whether open publication of such material risks the safety, security, morale and legitimate objectives of Australian and allied troops fighting in a UN-endorsed military operation,” ADA executive director Neil James said in a statement.
“Moreover, as an Australian citizen, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange may also be guilty of a serious criminal offense by assisting an enemy the ADF is fighting on behalf of all Australians, especially if the assistance was intentional,” he went on.