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article imageWikileaks founder's passport briefly confiscated, to be cancelled

By Andrew Moran     May 18, 2010 in World
Melbourne - The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, had his passport confiscated briefly and was told by immigration officials it will be cancelled.
Wikileaks is a website that leaks anonymous submissions of sensitive and highly classified documents from governments around the world and other non-governmental organizations. The website's goal is to make more information available to the public.
In November 2009, Wikileaks published the famous “Climategate” e-mails from the Climactic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia. Last month, Wikileaks released classified United States military footage that showed a U.S.-led attack that killed several people, including two Reuters journalists.
During his arrival at the Melbourne airport last week, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had his passport confiscated but was returned 15 minutes later, according to the Times Online. Assange was then told by immigration officials it would be cancelled. The officials said the reason was because his passport was looking worn.
Assange received a letter from the office of Australian Communication Minister Steven Conroy, which stated the Australian Federal Police (AFP) was investigating Wikileaks’ exposé of the Australian government’s banning of certain websites, reports CIO Magazine.
In an interview with Australia’s “Dateline,” Assange said he doesn’t feel safe in numerous countries, including Australia, reports TG Daily. Assange explained places like Dubai, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands are trying to have him arrested.
“Australia had the federal police in relation to its censorship list so there are some jurisdictions that from time to time it wouldn’t be sensible to go there," he told TG Daily.
Assange does not officially have a home base and immigration officials say he is classified as “normal” and is free to travel anywhere.
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