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Assange On Wikileaks: “Promote Justice” – News – World News
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The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, said on 2 May 2011 that his organization’s main objective is not to undermine governments but to “promote justice”. That Wikileaks has been releasing documents to the public was never meant to compromise government affairs but to divulge truth. The statement came after Assange was interviewed by Ecuador’s El Comercio newspaper through email. In his response, Assange once again repeated his point he did not want to put any government at risk. He also reiterated the right of the public to know information from their governments. Julian Assange is still currently fighting extradition to Sweden in Britain. He was a former computer hacker from Australia, who was accused of sexual allegations in Sweden. It is known that his website has published thousands of secret documents about wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that Wikileaks promote open knowledge, especially information hidden by governments and large corporations. He did conceded the fact that in some ways, Wikileaks created some stirs and destabilized some institutions, but according to him, this is just a by-product of the website’s larger aim. One of the leaked documents created a diplomatic backlash between the US and Ecuador relations. In the said leaked document, Ecuador sent US ambassador Heather Hodges home after it was revealed that Hodges said Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa proceeded with the appointment of a police chief despite knowing his corrupt background. The US retaliated by expelling Ecuador ambassador Luis Gallegos. According to Assange, the leaked cables have displayed what governments are doing and what key people are doing in their own country. Currently, the US government is prosecuting one of its soldiers, Private Bradley Manning for allegedly leaking classified military information to Wikileaks. Manning was a 23-year old intelligence officer who was allegedly the main source of classified military documents pertaining to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. His arrest on May 2010 made Australia news. The US military accused him of at least 23 cases including “aiding the enemy” and may face court martial for his act. His arrest came after Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker confessed to the FBI that Manning had engaged in online chat with him, telling him that sensitive information has been released to the Internet through the Wikileaks. Manning has recently been reportedly harassed in his isolated cell. There was one instance that he was reportedly stripped off of his clothes and was forced to sleep on the floor fully naked.
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