Assange willing to be 'lightning rod,' but WikiLeaks survival 'depends on you'
December 3rd, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Assange willing to be 'lightning rod,' but WikiLeaks survival 'depends on you'

[Updated at 10:19 a.m.] The U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website have been spread to more than 100,000 people in encrypted form, ensuring they can be released publicly if the main website is attacked or taken down, founder Julian Assange said Friday.

He noted in response to a reader's question on The Guardian newspaper's website that the cables also are in the hands of multiple news organizations, ensuring their release.

"History will win," Assange said in his final answer to readers' questions. "The world will be elevated to a better place. Will we survive? That depends on you."

[Updated at 9:52 a.m.] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is willing to be the "lightning rod" for criticism and attacks against his website because giving the site a public face lends it credibility and also encourages sources to step forward.

[Updated at 9:45 a.m.] Tom Flanagan, a former senior adviser to the Canadian prime minister, should be charged with incitement to commit murder for suggesting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be assassinated, Assange said Friday.

Flanagan told the CBC on Wednesday that he regretted making the "glib" remark.

[Updated at 9:35 a.m.] WikiLeaks deliberately uses servers in countries or jurisdictions where the website may be shut down in order to highlight violations of free speech in those jurisdictions, site founder Julian Assange said Friday in response to a question posted on The Guardian newspaper's website.

[Updated at 9:18 a.m.] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday blamed "abusive elements of the United States government" for some of the technical problems his website has experienced since April.

Asked by a reader on The Guardian newspaper's website whether previously leaked information would return to the WikiLeaks site, Assange said many are still available online and the rest will be returning "as soon as we can find a moment to ... address the engineering complexities."

Assange said he is "deeply unhappy that the three-and-a-half years of my work and others is not easily available or searchable by the general public."

[Updated at 9:09 a.m.] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he does not believe anyone who has leaked information to his website will come to harm as a result of the site's activities.

[Updated at 9:08 a.m.] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he misses his home country of Australia "a great deal" but noted that Australia's prime minister has said his return is "impossible."

Assange was responding to a reader question posted on the website of The Guardian newspaper Friday.

[Posted at 9:07 a.m.] U.S. Pfc. Bradley Manning would be "without doubt an unparalleled hero" if it turns out he is behind the recent disclosure of diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks website, its founder, Julian Assange, said Friday in response to questions posted online by readers of The Guardian newspaper.

He did not say whether Manning was behind the leaks, as the Pentagon alleges.

The military has charged Manning with leaking videos to WikiLeaks, as well as downloading documents from military computers while he served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

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  1. buddah

    wikileaks is paving the way for 2012 global chaos

    December 4, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. marine

    Thank u assange and god for leaks,we americans want to know the truth. too bad the leaks didnt happen before we declare war on iraq that war occurred based on lies. I didnt see people wanting to arrest bush.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. marine

    Obama and gov got what they asked for, gov transparency about what is happening in the gov.thank you assange you did it for waiting to see the bank of crooked america files.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. marine

    Clerance two wars broke out before these leaks.u are another narrow minded and brainwash fool.assange is protects by freedom of speech,if he gets arrest or killed their goes are rights.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. ***dude***

    marine, did you hit your head when you were little? Assange is a criminal and a self serving demigod.

    If I steal your mom hospital records and put the in your local news paper: that is ok?
    If I take your tax records and put them on the web, is that freedom of speech?

    OH, it's ok because it the government? ever hear of "need to know", "right to know" or are you just "want to know"?

    And when that assange-info gets your 19 year old amy kid killed, I'm sure you'll still sing the same tune (NOT)

    December 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Italian guy fro Roma it real, yes it is...but is it reality, no is not reality...just a worldwide gossip to cover the worldwide economic dramatic question and a serious possibility of war on 2011...maybe they want to stop freedom on internet...oh yes I forgot you are American and u trust true about 9/11 than u trust all true they give u

    December 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oldntired

    Hello Italian guy- no not all americans believe 9/11was caused by wat we have been told-however, what can we do about it? What was done was done because something with power believed it needed to be done. Just like Wikileaks is doing. Frightening and yes – terrifying.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. ***dude***

    Hello Italian guy- Well your english is better than my italian for sure 🙂

    But your comments are not insightful. Life in the sea is more complex than appears from the shore, and granted and a little revolution is good for the soul. But justifying Assange's actions is not a vote for freedom, but a vote for evil, inconsiderate, self serving, self righteous behavior. If it feels right beware. Think – if the gov was as deceptive as you think, the Assange post would be frightening and terrifying; instead it shows the human struggle, with its heart aches and frailties.

    December 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Well, I certainly hope that Assange, eventually makes it to a Saudi,Russian, or Chinese prison. America should be the least of his worries. It's a shame his children are receiving death threats b/c of their father. He literally gambled, or still is gambling, with his family's life. What a brave man.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @The Red Shuttle. I think we're twins. Ditto to the UFOs.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
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