Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, recently experienced some passport complications in his home country of Australia. Wikileaks according to their own words is a website that “Publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct.” Upon arriving at Melbourne Airport, officials took his passport from him and told him that it looked worn. It is standard policy for officials to hold passports for closer examination if they appear damaged.
However, this turned out to be a bit more than a routine examination when after 15 minutes, the passport was returned and Assange was told by customs officials that his passport was about to be canceled. Then after a half hour, Assange was approached by a customs official who searched his belongings and questioned about his criminal record relating to computer hacking offenses in 1991.
In 2009, Assange gained notoriety in Australia for published a list of websites that the Australian government planned to block under new Internet filtering laws. Wikileaks has also been known to post Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports and footage of US forces behaving in questionable manners.
Australian Immigration officials maintain that Assange’s passport is classified as ‘normal’ on their immigration database and that the Wikileaks founder can travel freely on it.
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