Wikileaks has broken no laws, yet: AFP

Summary:The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has determined that no Australian law has yet been breached by the publication of the diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has determined that no Australian law has yet been breached by the publication of the diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

The AFP today completed its investigation into the material, after Attorney-General Robert McClelland referred the matter for investigation at the end of last month. In a statement released this afternoon, the AFP said no further investigation was warranted on the material currently available on Wikileaks.

"The AFP has completed its evaluation of the material available and has not established the existence of any criminal offences where Australia would have jurisdiction," the AFP said.

As it stands, just 1618 of the 251,287 US diplomatic cables have been published on the website, and the AFP has said that if future cables published are suspected of breaching the law, they would again have to be referred to the AFP for investigation.

Wikileaks' Australian founder Julian Assange was released on bail in London today after nine days of incarceration over allegations of sexual misconduct in Sweden.

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Topics: Security, Government : AU

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