Canberra holds its nose and helps Assange a little

Well, bloody bravo:

Kevin Rudd confirmed Australia was giving consular support to Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks who was arrested in Britain on Tuesday over alleged sexual assaults committed in Sweden.

”I’m the foreign minister of Australia, responsible for the consular well-being of all Australians and therefore I just want to make it absolutely clear that first of all Mr Assange has contacted the Australian consul-general in London and asked for consular support,” Mr Rudd added.

”We have confirmed that we will provide that, as we do for all Australian citizens.”

Consular officials attended Mr Assange’s appearance in a London court on Tuesday, Mr Rudd added.