Wikileaks founder may seek refuge in Switzerland

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has looked to the historical country of neutrality, Switzerland, for asylum after being denied citizenship by Sweden.

When asked in an interview with a Swiss TV channel if he might move the highly controversial website to Switzerland, Assange replied saying ”That is a real possibility”. 

”We are examining whether I should apply for asylum,” he added, saying that the country was, alongside Iceland, the only place he believed he would feel safe for his site to operate.

Assange has endured a tough time in Sweden, with his application for citizenship followed swiftly by allegations of rape and molestation, claims he maintains were a “set up” by someone on his presumably long list of enemies.

Despite the noise being made by US officials with regards to actually attacking the site – essentially calling for Wikileaks to be classed as a foreign enemy of the country – it appears that such negative attention has not perturbed another document-leaking website from being set up.

According to the WSJ it appears that a former top operator at Wikileaks Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who left the site two months ago, will be joined by other former staff to launch a new whistleblowing site which focuses on slightly less sensitive information than the highly controversial Wikileaks.

“It would be good to have more organisations like Wikileaks,” said a Wikileaks spokesman, adding that they wished Domscheit-Berg luck. 

With apparently 70 percent of WIkileaks resources being taken up by defending its own financial structure as well as its sources and collaborators it seems as though Assange could do with the help.

He recently attacked US authorities for a lack of reaction to incidents of torture leaked through his site, citing England and Denmark as examples of countries who reacted positively to leaks, telling reporters ”It is time the United States opened up instead of covering up”.

A spokesperson for the US Defense Department said that they would be conducting their own inquiry into actions by their troops. ”They’re our internal reports,” said Major Chris Perrine. ”The idea that we haven’t investigated any of these is false.”

Wikileaks recently announced that it would be expanding countries from which it would be leaking documents with Russia and Lebanon being mentioned as sources of future leaks.