Entries in Founder (2)


WikiLeaker Warns 'Doomsday Files' Will Be Opened if He Is Detained

Photo Courtesy - LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British police are closing in on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, vowing to arrest him "as soon as possible." The Australian hacker recently released secret U.S. diplomatic cables related to sensitive sites vital to America's national security.

As Assange continues to raise the ire of the United States for publishing classified and sometimes embarrassing diplomatic cables, Swedish authorities are pursuing him in connection with alleged rapes against two women there in August.

British authorities last week said they knew Assange's whereabouts and had been in contact with him since he arrived there in November.

As the noose tightens on Assange, Wikileaks is under additional pressure from the Swiss government, which recently closed a bank account where the site received vital financial donations.

The latest cable leak to anger U.S. authorities includes a list of installations vital to America's national security and interests.

Assange has threatened that if he is arrested he would release a cache of documents, nicknamed the "doomsday files," that includes secret documents whose release would threaten America's national security.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


US Officials: WikiLeakers Will Be Held Accountable

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration's top diplomat and lawyer put WikiLeaks and its Australian founder on alert Monday, promising to prosecute any individual, regardless of nationality, who broke U.S. law by making public hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables.

"[To] the extent that we can find anybody involved of breaking American law who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described…they will be held responsible. They will be held accountable," Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the release of hundreds of thousands of secret cables "not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests [but] an attack on the international community: the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity."

"Some mistakenly applaud those responsible," Clinton said. "There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people…nothing brave about sabotaging peaceful relations between nations."

Holder said he advocates closing any gaps in current U.S. legislation that would prevent the federal government from fully prosecuting a foreign national like WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, who published secrets of vital American national interest.

The current raft of documents, some 250,000 diplomatic cables that span decades and include various – and sometimes embarrassing – details about the way U.S. evoys see their foreign counterparts is the latest document dump Wikileaks received last year from Army Private Bradley Manning, currently awaiting court martial.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio