– Australian authorities did not conduct critical interviews about the theft of of the damaging video of Kevin Rudd swearing and banging a table.

And they did not formally ask for the details of who anonymously uploaded the footage that helped trigger Mr Rudd’s unsuccessful leadership challenge last February.

Documents obtained by Fairfax Media through freedom-of- information laws reveal the Attorney-General’s Department never asked the US Department of Justice to require YouTube to reveal the details of the user – “HappyvegemiteKR” – who uploaded the images of Mr Rudd cursing and thumping the desk as he tried to record a message in Mandarin.

In a November 16th letter to Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus disputing the decision to drop the investigation, Mr Rudd said he understood no staff from his time as prime minister, nor any of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s staff at the time had been formally interviewed by police.

This is despite the AFP stating in documents about Operation Mesco that it believed the video had been stolen, either by the person who uploaded it or someone to whom the video was given, and that this was a criminal offence.

And that decision was made despite formal advice from Google, the owner of YouTube, that records covering the period in which it was uploaded had been preserved, waiting for a legal directive to hand them over.

In the letter, Mr Rudd said his working hypothesis was he had inadvertently left the video behind  in the prime ministerial offices in the course of the rapid and unexpected exit…on June 24th, 2010, that it had not been returned with other things and that it had later been edited and uploaded onto YouTube for the explicit purpose of damaging my reputation nationally and internationally.

Last October the Attorney-General’s Department told the AFP it had informally asked the US if enough information was available to satisfy US thresholds for obtaining the authorisation necessary to compel YouTube to provide the information.

On the basis of the answers it received from the US it decided a request would not be successful, and it did not make one.

Mr Rudd told Mr Negus the lack of information was understandable since the AFP had not done the interviews necessary for a basic brief of evidence.

If these interviews had been done the AFP could well be in a position to advance a case to the US authorities that would readily meet their probable cause test, he said.

The AFP is now conducting further interviews.

Other documents reveal Mr Rudd’s displeasure with the process.

Mr Rudd wrote to Mr Negus that “I take these offences seriously. They do not constitute a trivial matter.” – Lenore Taylor


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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