Wednesday 16 April 2014

WikiLeaks to release a million more secret files

WikiLeaks founder Juilan Assange has emerged for a rare public address to announce plans to release a million more secret documents.

In a speech from a balcony at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has spent six months in refuge, he said the files to be published in 2013 would affect "every country in this world".

Addressing supporters, the 41-year-old Australian looked healthy despite half a year spent trapped inside the small apartment he shares with Ecuador's diplomatic staff.

Mr Assange, who is being investigated by US officials over his spectacular leaks of classified documents, is also wanted over allegations of sexual assault stemming from a trip to Sweden in mid-2010.

Although diplomatic immunity means that authorities can't reach him at the embassy, British officials have vowed to arrest him if he sets foot outside.

Mr Assange gave no hint yesterday that the stand-off would end, but said that the "door is open" for talks to break the deadlock over his campaign to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Irish Independent

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