Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gillard attacks media for 'myths' over Assange

SOURCE: | Michelle Grattan

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has lashed out at media ''myths'' about her own and her government's attitude to WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, saying her personal view of his conduct does not affect the help he has been given.

Angry about media portrayal of the issues surrounding WikiLeaks, Ms Gillard used an interview with The Age before she leaves for the US to set out her case. She accused the media of ''appalling'' confusion in comparing WikiLeaks disclosures with whistleblowing such as Watergate, and also warned that what was reported in cables should not always be assumed to be factual.

''What view I personally take of the conduct of that person doesn't in any way change how we assist Australians overseas,'' she said.

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