Terrorist list’s release sparks official outrage

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accuses the Government of 'ratting out' 23 Australians to the US. Photo / AP

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accuses the Government of ‘ratting out’ 23 Australians to the US. Photo / AP

Australia has reacted furiously to the publication of names of Australians on the United States terror watch-list, revealed in cables released by global whistleblower WikiLeaks.

The 23 people identified in cables signed by US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich were alleged to have links with Yemeni-based Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has advocated violence against the West and who has been implicated in planned terror attacks against America.

The list includes a grandmother once described as the matriarch of Australian Islamist militancy, a woman arrested in Yemen after her passport was cancelled, and the wife of a French terror suspect alleged to have had links with Australian terror cells. Continue reading