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Senate pushes for PM to retract prejudicial WikiLeaks statements

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Scott Ludlam 9 Oct 2012

The Senate has today insisted the Prime Minister retract prejudicial statements made against WikiLeaks.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam successfully moved in the Senate that the Prime Minister retract these statements, or identify when such a retraction would be issued.

"Prime Minister Gillard should retract the statement she made on the 2 December 2010 and 7 December 2010. The PM claimed the work of WikiLeaks is illegal. Subsequently the Australian Federal Police investigation found WikiLeaks had broken no Australian laws.

"This is the second time the Senate has voted to recognise the legality of the work done by WikiLeaks. The Prime Minister must retract her inaccurate claims about this organisation and its staff.

"Senior political figures in the United States have also made statements that seriously jeopardise the potential for any fair trial or hearing for Mr Assange. The Prime Minister should demonstrate that she does not support the sham trial by media being cooked up for Mr Assange in the US, by retracting her claims about WikiLeaks."

Senate motion voted on 9 October 2012

Senate resolution voted on 21 June 2012


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