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The Australian founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police when he arrived in Melbourne last week.

Julian Assange, who does not have an official home base and travels every six weeks, told the Australian current affairs program Dateline that immigration officials had said his passport was going to be cancelled because it was looking worn.

However he then received a letter from the Australian Communication Minister Steven Conroy’s office stating that the recent disclosure on Wikileaks of a blacklist of websites the Australian government is preparing to ban had been referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Last year Wikileaks published a confidential list of websites that the Australian government is preparing to ban under a proposed internet filter – which in turn caused the whistleblower site to be placed on that list.

Mr Assange, 37, told The Age newspaper that half an hour after his passport was returned to him an AFP officer searched one of his bags and questioned him about a previous criminal record for computer hacking offences when he was a teenager.

He was then told his passport status was classified as “normal” on the immigration database


So the Oz government plans to block websites they don't like (political, not child porn) and then they confiscate the passport of the man who leaks the list. Kevin Rudd, the Oz Pm says he's a Christian - like dubya - and acts like Spanish Inquisition.

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Erm, did I misread the article? I thought it said that his passport was quickly returned to him?

A customs official thought it looked worn and wanted him to change it? He is using it all the time, after all.

The guy's doing a great job at wikileaks, and has lots of dangerous enemies - but this sounds like nothing more than routine bureaucracy, no?

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