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Assange says leaker is a hero

world Updated: Dec 04, 2010 23:27 IST
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The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, on Saturday hailed the person responsible for leaking the diplomatic cables as “an unparalleled hero” and suggested that his organisation had deliberately used servers in certain jurisdictions, such as Amazon’s in the US, to test their commitment to freedom of speech. In a live Q&A with the Guardian, the Australian journalist highlighted the role alleged to have been played in the leaks by the soldier Bradley Manning.

“If indeed it is the case ... that the young soldier — Bradley Manning — is behind some of our recent disclosures, then he is without doubt an unparalleled hero,” Assange said.

Asked whether WikiLeaks had ever received documents relating to UFOs he said: “It is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs.”