WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange 'Will Release Poison Pill of Damaging Secrets If Killed or Arrested'

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The founder
of WikiLeaks has warned that his supporters are primed to publish
a ‘deluge’ of leaked government documents should his activities
be curtailed by any country.

Julian Assange
has distributed to fellow hackers an encrypted ‘poison pill’ of
damaging secrets, thought to include details on BP and Guantanamo

He believes
the file is his ‘insurance’ in case he is killed, arrested or the
whistleblowing website is removed permanently from the internet.

Mr Assange
– understood to be lying low in Britain – could be arrested
by Scotland Yard officers as early as tomorrow.

A warrant for
his arrest was issued last Thursday by Swedish prosecutors who want
to quiz him over rape allegations.

The developments
came as fresh revelations were published on the WikiLeaks website.
They include:

  • A leading
    Chinese politician coordinated the hacking of Google – which
    forced it to quit the Communist country – after finding unflattering
    articles about him on the website.
  • UK firm
    Rolls-Royce lost out on a £200million contract to supply
    helicopter engines to Spain after the U.S. lobbied Prime Minister
    Jose Luis Zapatero in Madrid. The deal was eventually signed by
    American company GE.
  • And European
    Union President Herman Van Rompuy told a U.S. ambassador that
    European troops were still in Afghanistan only ‘out of deference’
    to America.

Mr Assange,
a reclusive Australian, has infuriated and embarrassed the U.S.
in recent months by releasing hundreds of thousands of classified

First, he published
Army logs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that suggested soldiers
were complicit in murder and torture.

And last week
he published the first of around 250,000 diplomatic cables from
U.S. embassies, many containing sensitive information and embarrassing
verdicts on leaders including David Cameron.

politicians in the U.S. including Sarah Palin, a narrow loser in
the race to become the Republican presidential candidate in 2008,
have suggested the computer programmer should be ‘executed’ for
publishing leaked U.S. state secrets.

Mr Assange’s
British lawyer, Mark Stephens, warned today that WikiLeaks was holding
further secret material which he dubbed a ‘thermo-nuclear device’
to be released if the organisation needed to protect itself.

He said many
of the papers being retained contained ‘material of equal importance
to news-gathering’ as those already published.

He said: ‘They
[WikiLeaks] have been subject to cyber-attacks and censorship around
the world and they need to protect themselves.

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7, 2010

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