[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.