Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by Reuters
Julian Assange Awarded Australian Peace Prize
WikiLeaks founder receives the Sydney Peace Foundation's gold medal for 'championing people's right to know'
Wikileaks' Australian founder Julian Assange, who enraged
Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation's gold medal on Tuesday at the Frontline Club in
Assange, who is fighting extradition from
"We think the struggle for peace with justice inevitably involves conflict, inevitably involves controversy," the foundation's director, Professor Stuart Rees, said.
"We think that you and WikiLeaks have brought about what we think is a watershed in journalism and in freedom of information and potentially in politics."
Rees criticised the Australian government, saying it must stop shoring up
WikiLeaks caused a media and diplomatic uproar late last year when it began to publish its cache of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables, revealing secrets such as that Saudi leaders had urged US military action against Iran. Some
Assange himself claimed publication of the cables helped shape uprisings in north Africa and the
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