Julian Assange Interview

SUBHEAD: Television interview with WikiLeaks Founder on MSNBC as he hits back on charges of terrorism. [Editor's note: This video is preceded by and advertisement. And screw Apple for dropping WikiLeaks app from iTunes Store]

Video above: Assange interview. From MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/#40785274).

By Staff on 22 December 2010 for CNN - (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/22/wikileaks.assange/?hpt=T2) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hit back at high-profile critics in the United States in a TV interview Wednesday.

Speaking to MSNBC, Assange responded to statements from Vice President Joe Biden, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Biden and Palin had likened WikiLeaks' dissemination of classified State Department cables to terrorism, and Huckabee went as far as to say that "I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty."

"Just another idiot trying to make a name for themselves," Assange said. "If we are to have a civil society you cannot have senior people making calls on national TV to go around the judiciary and murder people. That is incitement to commit murder. That is an offense."

Assange spoke to MSNBC from England, where he is under house arrest after being freed on bond after his arrest in relation to sex charges in Sweden.

He wondered whether the United States was going into a "state of anarchy" when its leaders made such criticisms of him.

He asked whether the United States is a place "where we do not have due process, where those great Bill of Rights traditions of due process are just thrown to the wind whenever some shock jock politician can use it to make a name for themselves?"

Assange also reiterated comments he made on CNN recently that he does not know who the source of the hundreds of thousands of classified documents is.

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is under arrest as the suspected leaker of the cables and other documents to the website. But Assange says that the way the process for contributing to his website works, he does not know the identity of the source.

"We do not know if this young man is our source of not," he said.

Whether he is the source or not, Assange said that Manning acted out of political purposes, and as such is a political prisoner in the United States.

Apple Drops WikiLeaks App SUBHEAD: Apple decides to remove WikiLeaks application for iPod, iPhone and iPad from iTunes Store. By Bianca Bosker on 21 December 2010 for the Huffington Post - (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/21/wikileaks-app-removed-fro_n_799542.html)

The WikiLeaks App, an unofficial iPhone and iPad app that, according to its description, "gives instant access to the world's most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents," was removed by Apple from the App Store.

As TechCrunch reports, the app's developer, Igor Barinov, was told by Apple's iTunes Store Team that the WikiLeaks app's status was changed to "Removed from sale." The app had appeared in Apple's App Store just several days before, on December 17th.

For every purchase of the $1.99 app, the developer promised to donate "1 dollar of the purchase price towards organizations that work to promote the future of online democracy."

The app also promised to "continue to feed content regardless of server disruptions," a reference to the downtime the official WikiLeaks website suffered after Amazon announced that it would no longer host WikiLeaks.

Only three reviews of the app, two of them giving it just a one-star rating, had been posted prior to its removal. "Waste of money," said one. Another commented, "Do not buy!" adding, "This app is just a wrapper for the mobile web site. There is no access to the actual released documents."


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