Wikileaks controversy: Australian police investigate documents leak
Published 30/11/2010 | 05:00
Police were investigating last night whether any Australian law was broken by the latest leaking of confidential documents by online whistleblower WikiLeaks.
Attorney general Robert McClelland said he was not aware of a request from the US to cancel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's Australian passport.
A range of options were under consideration by Australian government agencies in response to the latest disclosure of classified US material, he said.
Mr McClelland said "potentially a number of criminal laws" could have been breached".
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard last week condemned the planned leaks as reckless and potentially harmful to national security interests.
Mr Smith said the US ambassador told the Australian government about the leaks before their release.
Assange (left) is an Australian who spends much of his time in Sweden. Earlier this year, he was accused of sexual misconduct by two Swedish women. Sweden has authorised a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of "rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion". But Assange has not been charged with any crime in Sweden, and denied all the accusations.