Wiki-warrior Julian Assange courts controversy and proves his commitment to free speech – by threatening to sue a newspaper.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has threatened to sue British newspaper, the Guardian, over allegations made about him in a book published by the news organization.
WikiLeaks said, on the social networking web site Twitter, the book contained “malicious libels” and the organisation would be taking action over them.
Assange is said to angry at a claim he said informants in the Afghan war would “deserve it” if they were killed as a result of leaks that included their names. The names were redacted before publication but the book claims Assange was opposed to this.
Lawyers for Assange, however, have reportedly said he will not sue the newspaper.
Previously Assange had worked with the Guardian as a partner in publishing and publicising WikiLeaks’ data dumps.
It’s not the first attack on free speech by the whistle-blowing web site. In January Wikileaks issued a press statement attempting to link the shooting of US politician Gabrielle Giffords to alleged threats to Assange’s life.
“No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than WikiLeaks but when senior politicians and attention seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement – to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger,” said Assange in January.
The Australian internet publisher has appeared in court in London today as part of an extradition hearing. His defence team claim he could face execution by the United States if he is extradited to Sweden.
The Guardian previously published details from police documents on Assange.
Assange is accused of two sexual assaults in Sweden, one of which hinges on a broken condom which Assange is accused of purposefully tearing.
Recently a police report including photographs of the WikiLeaks’ founder’s apparently leaky condom were leaked onto the internet. But not to WikiLeaks. [Pictured below]