Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a diplomatic note asking the Australian Ambassador to explain a court order published by Wikileaks last month that identified a number of high-ranking Vietnamese officials as having accepted pay-to-play bribes from the Australian firm that now produces its polymer bank notes.
According to the diplomatic note, Vietnam strongly denounced the Australian Supreme Court's order on June 19 after it listed the names of several senior foreign officials, including those from Vietnam.
The order harmed the personal dignity of Vietnamese leaders and Vietnam’s image, the note said.
The note also said that Vietnam demanded Australia explain the order in a transparent manner so that members of the public may evaluate the truth.
The Australian Ambassador in Hanoi confirmed the receipt of the note, saying that the Australian government would seriously examine the matter.
On July 29, Wikileaks reported that the Australian Supreme Court of Victoria at Melbourne had announced a blanket censorship order, entitled the “Australia-wide censorship order for the corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam”, which banned publication of the order itself as well as several “key words” including the names of four Vietnamese state, government and party leaders.
The order was granted under "national security" grounds in order to "prevent damage to Australia's international relations,” according to WikiLeaks.