Assange lawyers look to sue Australian PM Gillard
SYDNEY (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview published on Monday he has hired a legal team to establish whether he has a case to sue Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for defamation.
The Australian founder of the whistleblowing website says comments Ms Gillard made in 2010 that the leaking of US diplomatic cables was "illegal" and "grossly irresponsible" had hurt WikiLeaks' financial viability.
"We are considering suing for defamation so I have hired lawyers in Sydney and they are investigating the different ways in which we can sue Gillard over this statement," he told Australian activist group GetUp in an interview.
Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since claiming asylum on June 19 in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over alleged sex crimes.