Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Assange: WikiLeaks has not caused physical harm to anyone



WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Speaking at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales, the WikiLeaks founder said there is no proof that the thousands of materials published by the secret-spilling site caused harm to anyone.
"We are an organization with the goal of justice. We balance that right with any impact that might come from what we publish. So far there has been no official claim that anyone has come to harm," Julian Assange accusing his detractors on Sunday, in a report by The Hindu.
Crossing the Welsh border by helicopter through the help of a supporter, the 39-year-old Australian editor said the whistle blowing site had "played a significant role" in the Arab Spring by publishing secret documents of despotic states.
He also credited Al Jazeera and the Internet for the roles they played in the protests in the Arabian Peninsula, AP said.
Fighting his extradition to Sweden for sexual allegations to two women, Assange said, "We will not condemn a nation to a dictatorship just because we are scared of a certain annoying middle-class squeamishness in the United Kingdom."
His memoir that was due in April was postponed by the British publisher Canongate in the last minute. It will appear "when it's ready," according to Assange.
Meanwhile, 250 marchers in the US rallied in Leavenworth on Saturday in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused for being the source of WikiLeaks materials,Kansas City Website said.
The 23-year-old soldier was detained in Quantico, Virginia between July 2010 and April 2011 under maximum-security solitary confinement. He was transferred by the Pentagon to Fort Leavenworth in late April.
Details of this report here.
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