Julian Assange has decided to cause more waves.
The Wikileaks founder, who is currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he has faced allegations of sexual assault, has decided to ruffle feathers by claiming that the FBI tried to bribe the organisation’s staff. That’s according to the Daily Telegraph.
He’s also waded into the controversial superinjunction world, claiming that he was prepared to reveal the names of individuals covered by these if he got hold of who was hiding behind these legal barriers.
Speaking at the Telegraph Hay Festival Mr Assange told delegates that the internet did not give people “free speech.” He said those who practised this and revealed secrets online were “hounded from one end of the earth to the other”.
He said that his much famed whistle blowing organisation had been at the forefront of a range of challenges including ones from the FBI, which had moved in to tempt his staff to talk with a range of bribes.
And he also had more than enough to say about the ongoing superinjunction topic, claiming that there were some 200 or so outstanding superinjunctions in this country.
However, although he admitted to previously publishing a handful of superinjunction information in the past, he said that Wikileaks could turn to one of these in the future to protect its sources.
We, the public, also got more than a dig from Assange, with the Wikileaks founder accusing us of having “a rather annoying middle-class squeamishness” over the publication of secret cables and documents.
The speech was made to A list elite including Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes as well as us old nobodies. We’re sure his claims will please the UK justice system no end.