Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks could be arrested in Australia for making available sensitive data about some government officials over the Web earlier in the week.
The outrage over WikiLeaks and Assange sparked off when the whistleblower site published an entire cache of cables from US diplomatic channels, without even bothering to edit them first and protect the names within.
The move has been so far criticised and condemned by various corners worldwide including all the five original media partners of the site.
Robert McClelland, the acting Attorney General of Australia officially stated on Friday that the latest bulk of cables released identified at least one serving individual within Australia’s intelligence community.
"I am aware of at least one cable in which an ASIO officer is purported to have been identified," McClelland said, The Guardian (opens in new tab), UK reports.
He added “previously WikiLeaks redacted identifying features where the safety of individuals or national security could be put at risk. It appears this hasn't occurred with documents that have been distributed across the Internet this week.”
The attorney general also claimed that investigations are currently underway regarding the possible impact of this leak on the country’s interests.