Will Kevin Rudd stand up to the US/UK and bring Julian Assange from Wikileaks back home?
I actually voted for Rudd in '07, would like to see something useful come from that.
Compared to Gillards reaction...FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday mounted a strong defence of Julian Assange's legal rights.
The WikiLeaks founder is preparing to face court in London early Wednesday morning (AEDT).
Mr Rudd said he was prepared to intervene to have a laptop computer provided for Mr Assange in London's Wandsworth prison to help the Australian prepare his defence and obtain bail at his appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Following suggestions by Julia Gillard and Attorney-General Robert McClelland that Mr Assange may have his Australian passport cancelled, Mr Rudd said any such decision was his as Foreign Minister. "Under law, I'm responsible for the Passports Act, therefore the decisions concerning the withdrawal or otherwise of passports rests exclusively with the foreign minister based on the advice of the relevant agencies," Mr Rudd told The Australian in Cairo.