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'PM trying to mislead nation on WikiLeaks'

Promising more sensational disclosures, WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has said there was no doubt on the authenticity of the cables made public and the Indian government’s effort to discredit them was an attempt to mislead the public.

delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2011 17:47 IST
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Promising more sensational disclosures, WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has said there was no doubt on the authenticity of the cables made public and the Indian government’s effort to discredit them was an attempt to mislead the public.

“The comments I have been hearing from Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh these, to me, seem to be a deliberate attempt to mislead the public by suggesting that governments around the world do not accept the material,” Assange told NDTV in an interview.

He said it was incorrect to cast doubts on the authenticity of the cables sent by the United States embassy in Delhi to the State Department.

“If this cable on bribery is incorrect, then the US ambassador in India has a lot to answer for because he has been sending back reports to Washington about senior politicians and behaviour in Indian Parliament, which is cast in very negative light.”

Assange said the disclosures made in the cables could affect the relations between the two countries, and any error on the part of the ambassador could damage the relations.

“Either he has committed a grave error…and should resign on that matter; or the report was correct and he was reporting correctly and he had checked his fact before reporting back to Washington,” the Wikileaks founder said.

Assange said some of the best information was yet to come.

“The most serious issue in the cable, I suspect, is yet to be revealed.… There is quite a bit of time to go through the material: from Pakistan, China. It is likely to be interest to the Indian population,” he said.

“There are some 6,000 cables from the US Embassy...they have been tagged by the state department about India. We have only seen the first part of that till now,” he said.