ABC Four Corners report: "In Washington the US State Department was taking great interest in the political machinations in Australia. For at least a year, they had been receiving information on internal politics of the ALP from a number of the coup plotters. US Embassy Cables revealed by WikiLeaks quoted one of the plotters telling an embassy officer that Gillard was "campaigning for the leadership". Now the Americans got word that a covert plot to topple the PM was gathering momentum. They called in the Australian Ambassador. Four Corners has learned that about two weeks before the eventual coup, Ambassador Kim Beazley was driven the few blocks to the State Department for a meeting with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Four Corners has been told that Clinton wanted to know what was happening in Australia, and sought assurances that the relationship between the two nations would not change under a new leadership. What Beazley knew or told his US hosts is not known, but it seems they were better informed than most Government MPs, who were unaware that Rudd's enemies were circling for the kill."
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