Friday, June 22, 2012

Julia Gillard: Assange didn't ask for consul meeting

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has not sought face-to-face contact from Australian consular officials while his legal case has gone on.

Assange, who is now holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London seeking asylum, says he has not had personal contact with the Australian high commission in Britain since late 2010.

Instead, contact had been limited to text messages asking 'Does Mr Assange have any concerns?'.

Ms Gillard told reporters in Rio de Janeiro, where she is attending a UN environment summit, that Assange had received the same consular assistance as any other Australian would in the same situation. Read More