As­sange quizzes PM

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

WIK­ILEAKS founder Ju­lian As­sange has asked Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard via video link if she swapped in­for­ma­tion with for­eign pow­ers about Aus­tralian cit­i­zens. As­sange, un­der house ar­rest in Lon­don, made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance on video dur­ing the ABC’s Q& A pro­gram last night to ask the ques­tion. Ms Gil­lard re­jected the claim. ‘‘ I hon­estly don’t know what he’s talk­ing about,’’ she said. ‘‘ To my knowl­edge it hasn’t hap­pened.’’ But she con­ceded that the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion be­tween coun­tries hap­pened of­ten, in cases re­lat­ing to drug or peo­ple traf­fick­ing.

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