Australia's Foreign Minister Silent on WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks latest victim, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, has apparently said that U.S. should use force if China failed to integrate into the international community.
Now Rudd's neither confirmed nor denied the content of the cable, saying only that world diplomacy was supposed to be confidential.
[Kevin Rudd, Australian Foreign Minister]:
"The business of diplomacy is not just to roll over and have your tummy tickled from time to time by the Chinese or anybody else, the business of diplomacy is to be firm about your national interest and prosecute them accordingly, as we have done in the past, as I will be doing the future as the foreign minister of Australia."
Although WikiLeaks founder, Australian Julian Assange, is entitled to due process - Australia's Federal Attorney General was quick to point out the lack of due process in reproducing the WikiLeaks cables in the first place.
[Robert McClelland, Australian Federal Attorney General]:
"I mentioned, and specifically mentioned, that Mr. Assange is entitled to due process in respect to any criminal allegations that he might face. Can I ask those who are releasing this documentation to question whether they themselves are providing due process and procedural fairness to the lives to those persons whose safety and indeed potentially lives they may be threatening as a result of the publication of the information? Can I suggest there has been a complete absence of procedural fairness in that respect?"
Assange's website has been moved to a Swiss address after a few U.S. and French providers dropped it.
A global arrest warrant for Assange was issued last week by Interpol for alleged sex crimes in Sweden.
Assange has denied any wrongdoing and has not been formerly charged.