Australia Asked National Media to Suppress Multi-National Corruption Case: WikiLeaks

04/08/2014 04:54

Source: IB Times

 

 

WikiLeaks accused Australia of issuing an official order to Australian media to suppress any information involving multinational bribery allegations against international leaders in the country. The order was allegedly issued in the name of national security.

It was whistleblower Julian Assange who published a detailed report on Wednesday, July 30 about the "unprecedented gag order" which Tony Abbott's government issued. The Supreme Court's criminal division in Victoria, Melbourne allegedly issued the order for preventing "damage to Australia's international relations that may be caused by the publication of material that may damage the reputations of specified individuals who are not the subject of charges in these proceedings."

The Australian media was asked not to publish any material related to a criminal case which involved the Reserve Bank of Australia as well as high-ranked officials from Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The graft case allegedly involved multi-million dollar bribery charges. According to 
WikiLeaks, it was an effort to conceal "the largest high-level corruption case in Australia."

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