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'US not WikiLeaks founder, responsible for leaks'

The Australian government on Wednesday blamed the United States, not the WikiLeaks founder, for the unauthorised release of about 2.5 lakh secret US diplomatic cables and said those who originally leaked the documents were legally liable.

world Updated: Dec 08, 2010 11:42 IST

The Australian government on Wednesday blamed the United States, not the WikiLeaks founder, for the unauthorised release of about 2.5 lakh secret US diplomatic cables and said those who originally leaked the documents were legally liable.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd also said the leaks raised questions over the "adequacy" of US security over the cables.

"Mr Assange is not himself responsible for the unauthorised release of 2.5 lakh documents from the US diplomatic communications network," Rudd told Reuters in an interview.

"The Americans are responsible for that," said Rudd.

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