WikiLeaks Founder Waded into Guardian

In the first statement after uncensored WikiLeaks cables have been published to the media, the founder of the WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has managed to wade into his ex-business partner The Manchester Guardian.


Talking through a video link while addressing a technology trade fair in Germany, Julian Assange claimed a hack from The Guardian had caused publishing the password to the encrypted files in his book. This, he claimed, led to a situation where a number of people accessed the uncensored files, but others couldn’t. Assange reportedly said that it caused a case where any spy agency had the content in question, while the mentioned people didn’t.

WikiLeaks founder claimed there had been a race between the bad guys and the good guys. Meanwhile, it was necessary for them to keep the side of the good guys. However, WikiLeaks posted over quarter of a million of cables on Friday, thus allowing open access to potentially sensitive diplomatic sources to anyone in the world.

In respond, British The Guardian announced that it, together with a number of its international media fellows, including German Der Spiegel, American New York Times, French Le Monde, and Spanish El Pais, all deplored the move of WikiLeaks to post the uncensored State Department cables, because this decision may put sources at risk.

Julian Assange emphasized that a sensitive password which was used to decrypt the files in question was previously published in a book written by David Leigh, who was the paper’s investigative reporter and a collaborator-turned-critic of the Wikileaks’ founder. While blaming people, Julian Assange also managed to wade into another ex-partner, WikiLeaks defector Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Assange announced that the latter disclosed to media outfits the information of where to look for the uncensored files and how to use the password. He also claimed that Daniel Domscheit-Berg was engaged into spreading the location of a hidden encrypted file, which was locked with the password in question, with selected media outfits with the sole purpose to gain personal benefit.

Meanwhile, The Guardian, Leigh and all the others have denied the claim that they had been responsible for the leak in question. In respond, it points out that WikiLeaks published the encrypted file to the Internet by accident, as well as that Julian Assange has never bothered to change the password encrypting it.