Oh WikiLeaks; how the rich and powerful hate you! In Australia, employees of Securency and Note Printing Australia and the Reserve Bank of Australia are alleged to have bribed foreign officials in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam from 1999 to 2004 to win banknote printing contracts.
Of course seeing that these are banknotes, top officials in these countries are alleged to have been involved. Naturally, to prevent damage to international relations, the Australian government have obtained a gag order to prevent the media from reporting the court case and from naming the officials involved. So guess who came to the rescue?
Yes, Julian Assange, the busybody of the world, is at it again.
Ignoring the court order, WikiLeaks have just released the names involved in the bribery case and after seeing it, I can fully understand why the Australian government has been running scared. Current Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his two predecessors (both Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Dr. Mahathir Mohammad) and several former top ministers, including the extremely powerful Daim Zainuddin are all named in the gag order.
Now the news that top officials in the Malaysian government can be bribe should come as no surprise to anyone, but the past 3 Prime Ministers of Malaysia? All 3? Even I never thought that the corruption there was so bad. Wow!