Julia Gillard was tipped off by the US government that the WikiLeaks cable dump would be embarrassing for her and the federal government, prompting the Prime Minister to make the claim the group had acted "illegally" in 2010. despite the AFP subsequently saying WikiLeaks had broken no laws. Gillard is also on record as having stated that Assange is “guilty” of having released secret US documents from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and cables between the US and foreign governments — an astonishing statement since such an action is not even a crime.
That's one of the claims made in an afterword included in a fresh update of The Most Dangerous Man In The World, Andrew Fowler's book about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks originally published last year.
"The Prime Minister had a personal issue with Assange, and a score to settle: the release of the Cablegate documents, which later so embarrassed her and unmasked the ALP plotters who had planned the coup against Kevin Rudd.
"Though the cables were published well after Gillard made her attack on Assange, the government had full knowledge of the contents well in advance. As part of the investigation into Bradley Manning, the US had tipped off its Australian ally about what to expect."
"No judge would extradite for a secret trial. Justice must be seen to be done. Courts cannot extradite if the trial would be flagrantly unfair and a secret trial would be flagrantly unfair."