Australia issues gag order on bribery cases: WikiLeaks

Australia issues gag order on bribery cases: WikiLeaks

Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:31PM GMT

The whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, says Australian government has imposed a sweeping gag order to block reporting on any corruption cases involving political leaders.

Australia issued a super-injunction on June 19 to stop reporting on claims involving several international political leaders in the region, WikiLeaks said in a statement on its website.

The prohibition, issued by the criminal division of the Supreme Court, aims to prevent damage to the Australian government’s international ties.

“The court-issued gag order follows the secret 19 June 2014 indictment of seven senior executives from subsidiaries of Australia’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA),” WikiLeaks added.

Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks took a dig at the government, saying it must explain why it’s threatening to imprison any Australian in an attempt to cover up an embarrassing corruption scandal.

Assange also called the gag order the worst in the country’s living memory. He says with this order, the Australian government is not just gagging the press, but blindfolding the public.

Assange gained international prominence in 2010 when the website began publishing thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables, which embarrassed the US government. The website has also published hundreds of thousands of classified US documents related to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leave a Reply