#wikileaks - events facts
The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been holed up in a mansion in East Anglia since he was released from prison last week. He is under strict bail conditions while he fights extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning about claims of sexual assault. Today programme presenter John Humphrys went to meet him for what is Mr Assange's first face-to-face broadcast interview since his release. Q: Why won't you go back to Sweden?
I'M AWARE of your need to stay anonymous, but I have to be able to describe the scope of this movement. Can any of you tell me where you're typing from? I am talking to members of a group called “Anonymous”, using a web-based collaborative text-editing service. It is the first such interview for all of us, and their answers begin to collide on the page. One member comes from Norway; another shows surprise, then offers that she is from New Zealand. Another writes that group members come from Nepal and Eastern Russia.
This is a regularly updated post. It was first published 12/8/2010 at 11:51am. Its time-stamp indicates when it was last changed. In the days since WikiLeaks began releasing a small percentage of its cache of 250,000 cables sent by State Department officials, many people have tried to think through the event's implications for politics, media, and national security. Writers pulling at the knot of press freedom, liberty, nationalism, secrecy and security that sits at the center of the debate have produced dozens of fantastic pieces.
WikiLeaks cables broken down. Click image for full graphic. Illustration: Finbarr Sheehy for the Guardian