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article imageWikiLeaks’ Julian Assange fears ‘illegal’ investigation

By Andrew John     Dec 17, 2010 in Internet
Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, who has just been bailed by a British court, fears that an “illegal” investigation might be carried out.
Assange – wanted on sex charges in Sweden – is about to fight extradition from Britain, where until yesterday he was on remand in Wandsworth Prison, London.
He will have to remain in the UK until extradition proceedings begin next year, and is under house arrest at Ellingham Hall, “a country retreat on the Norfolk/Suffolk border owned by Vaughan Smith, the founder of London’s Frontline club,” according to the Independent.
The paper says: “Speaking from the grounds of the mansion, he claimed certain institutions were ‘engaged in what appears to be, certainly a secret investigation, but appears also to be an illegal investigation’.” It goes on to quote Assange as saying: “We can see that by how certain people who are allegedly affiliated with us were contained at the US border and had their computers seized, and so on.”
Assange goes on to say: “I would say that there is a very aggressive investigation, that a lot of face has been lost by some people, and some people have careers to make by pursuing famous cases, but that is actually something that needs monitoring.”
He says he has not been presented with any evidence concerning allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.
“He claimed his organisation had been attacked primarily not by governments, but by banks in Dubai, Switzerland, the US and the UK and added that WikiLeaks is continuing to release information about the banks,” says the Independent.
Assange said: “Over 85% of our economic resources are spent dealing with attacks, dealing with technical attacks, dealing with political attacks, dealing with legal attacks, not doing our journalism. And that, if you like, is a tax upon quality investigative journalism.
“An 85% tax rate on that kind of economic activity. Whereas people who are producing celebrity pieces for Vanity Fair have much lower tax rates.”
Solitary confinement
Assange, 39, said WikiLeaks was continuing to publish allegations while its founder was in jail. “During my time in solitary confinement in the basement of a Victorian prison, my colleagues were publishing material,” the BBC quotes him as saying. He highlighted allegations published on Friday about India torturing people in Kashmir.
“Speaking to the BBC after his release, Mr Assange said there was a rumour from his lawyers in the US that there had been an indictment made against him there,” says the corporation’s news website.
Assange has said the United States is conducting an “aggressive” and “illegal” investigation into him and his site, says the BBC.
A US Department of Justice spokesman would confirm only that there was “an ongoing investigation into the WikiLeaks matter.”
Assange says the Swedes’ allegations against him are politically motivated and designed to take attention away from the material appearing on WikiLeaks.
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