After WikiLeaks released a secret gag order in Australia blocking the country’s media from reporting on a massive political corruption scandal, international leaders are evading culpability and scrambling to control the narrative.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose name was included in the gag order, denied involvement in the case and asked Australia to be transparent in its investigation, which implicates several Australian bank executives and international heads of state in a multi-million dollar bribery scheme.

“We are shocked by the report by WikiLeaks,” Yudhoyono said in a press conference. “Given the facts I have obtained, the report is hurtful.”

The court order, issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, blocked news agencies from reporting on the investigation looking into subsidiaries of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and government officials in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. RBA subsidiaries Securency and Note Printing Australia are accused of paying off high-ranking officials from 1999 to 2004 to secure the supply of Australian-style polymer bank notes to the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries.

Known as a “superinjunction,” the order blocks reporting on the order itself, as well as the content of the investigation. At the time it was issued, the court claimed that publicizing the case may put “national security” at risk or jeopardize Australia’s international relationships.

“Neither Megawati nor I were yet president in 1999. But my point is, whoever the president was at that time, the decision to print the banknotes in Australia had nothing to do with the government and the president,” Yudhoyono said.

The rhetoric from both Indonesia and Australia has focused on shifting attention away from the names in the investigation, rather than addressing the case itself. The Indonesian embassy in Australia issued a press statement on Thursday claiming that the gag order was simply meant to “[protect] the senior political figures from the risk of unwarranted innuendo,” and promised to pursue legal action against WikiLeaks.

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