Former high court judge judge Michael Kirby applauds WikiLeaks

WIKILEAKS has found a champion in former High Court judge Michael Kirby, who believes the cyber whistleblower has brought more openness and justice to the world.

Mr Kirby said his first reaction to WikiLeaks was that its founder, Julian Assange, was an amateur who had “bumbled into tricky areas” and that the torrent of information he released from diplomatic cables was not sufficiently nuanced, dangerous and wrong in principle.

But in recent months he had changed his mind.

“WikiLeaks has made the world a more open and transparent place, and therefore a bit more just, and that’s where I stand at the moment,” Mr Kirby told a forum in Sydney yesterday.

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