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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has passport confiscated
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Times (One of the UK's leading newspapers)

The Times (One of the UK's leading newspapers), May 17, 2010
Posted: June 28th, 2010

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, [said] 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 Conroys 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. In 1991 Mr Assange, described by Wikileaks as Australias most famous ethical computer hacker, was charged with 30 offences over the alleged hacking of police, Telcos and US military computers. He admitted to 24 charges and was fined.

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