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Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Is More Accountable Than Most Governments, Gets a Little Sassy About It

Julian Assange thinks WikiLeaks is more accountable than any democratic government in the world. And if you dare say otherwise, you'll probably get sued. That was essentially the message that Assange conveyed over the weekend, during his first public appearance since being arrested in December, amid accusations of rape and sexual assault. Speaking to an audience at a public debate in London, As...

Julian Assange as Couch Surfer

The notoriously nomadic Julian Assange has never sought refuge on our couches, but if he ever did, we wouldn't be terribly surprised if he acted the way he does in this clip, which is allegedly based on an "absolutely true story." Directed and written by Allison Silverman (the former head writer of 'The Colbert Report'), the short features David Rees in a Warhol-esque wig, playing the WikiLe...

Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Helped Shape Middle East Protests

During a speech at Cambridge University yesterday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange suggested that his whistleblowing organization played a significant role in the recent protests across the Middle East and North Africa. According to Assange, WikiLeaks' diplomatic cables may have convinced Middle Eastern leaders that they wouldn't be able to rely on U.S. assistance if military forces were to su...

DreamWorks Snatches WikiLeaks Book for Julian Assange 'Thriller' Film

The era has come wherein movie makers are no longer content exploring shared cultural events, or mining moments in history for inspiration. Instead, they have started turning to stories that, in many ways, haven't even been finished. The award-winning film 'The Social Network' is about a website that we continue to use daily, and one that still occupies our headlines. And now DreamWorks, the studi...

Army Files 22 New Charges Against Alleged Whistleblower Bradley Manning

The U.S. Army has filed 22 new charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who's already been accused of handing over thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. Among the new allegations, the most serious is a charge of aiding the enemy -- a capital offense. Though the Army says it won't seek the death penalty against Manning, the 22-year old could face l...

WikiLeaks and the Internet Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The list of nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize includes plenty of individuals and organizations that probably deserve the award, along with two curious candidates that will almost certainly hog all of the media's attention: WikiLeaks and the Internet. This year's field features a whopping 241 nominees, breaking the record of 237 set just last year. Notable candidates include former Germ...

Julian Assange Loses Extradition Case, Plans to Appeal

A British judge has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be extradited to Sweden to be questioned on accusations of sexual abuse. The decision, which was issued this morning in London, means that the Australian national will be sent to Sweden in ten days, although his lawyers have already indicated that they plan to file an appeal. In the ruling, Judge Howard Riddle determined that ...

Julian Assange Defends WikiLeaks, Manning and Free Press on '60 Minutes'

Share Last night, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sat down for a rare, extended interview with Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes.' In what CBS has called Assange's "most extensive television interview to date," the Australian national defended his organization's mission, discussed the roots of his own anti-authoritarian philosophy, and compared WikiLeaks' core principles to "those of the U.S. Revol...

WikiLeaks Alternative OpenLeaks Goes Live Following Site Leak

According to Fox News, an unnamed snitch recently leaked details concerning the WikiLeaks alternative OpenLeaks, to yet another whistleblower site called Cryptom. OpenLeaks reportedly just happens to be the brainchild of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who previously operated as the "deputy" to head-man Julian Assange at WikiLeaks. OpenLeaks plans a larger beta launch in the second half of 2011, but it...

U.S. Has No Evidence Linking Bradley Manning to Julian Assange, Sources Say

NBC News is reporting that federal investigators have been unable to find any evidence connecting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with Army Pfc. Bradley Manning -- the man widely accused of handing over classified military documents to the whistleblowing organization. Pentagon sources say the government has proof that Manning downloaded thousands of files from his computer, and gave them to an un...

WikiLeaks Movie Coming to Theaters -- Who Should Play Julian Assange?

It was really only a matter of time, but it looks like a movie about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is officially in the works. According to Variety, the suspenseful "thriller" will be based on Andrew Fowler's forthcoming biography of Assange, 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World.' Michelle Krumm will produce the biopic, alongside Barry Josephson, whose production credits include TV's 'Bones.' N...

Swiss Whistleblower Provides WikiLeaks With Offshore Banking Documents

A Swiss former banker has provided WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with confidential information on hundreds of offshore bank accounts. The whistleblower, Rudolf Elmer, used to work in the Cayman Islands, where he headed the office of Julius Baer, a Swiss bank. He was fired in 2002, but is apparently intent on exposing the abuses of the offshore banking industry to the rest of the world. At a ne...

Man Files $150 Million Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks for Emotional Distress

Julian Assange may not want to face the rest of his legal problems, but there is a suit against him and WikiLeaks being filed in Florida that the self-appointed defender of freedom is almost guaranteed to win. David Pitchford has filed a typo-laden, $150 million lawsuit against Assange and WikiLeaks, claiming the release of the sensitive data has caused him severe emotional distress. Among his li...

Thoughts on 10 Years of Wikipedia, Comparing WikiLeaks to 'The Dark Knight'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin. It's a useful analogy: isn't Julian Assange, WikiLeaks's organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan's Th...

Julian Assange Never Got Along Well With the Guardian, Report Shows

To all appearances, WikiLeaks' relationship with its select group of media partners has seemed relatively straightforward. Most reports on the partnerships generally followed the same story arc: that founder Julian Assange had handed over his organization's top-secret documents to the New York Times, the Guardian and El Pais, among others, and they, in turn, published them. But, according to Vanit...