wikleaks celebrates 10 years anniversary
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will address a conference
to mark the 10th anniversary of the whistleblowing website.
The 45-year-old was due to make a statement from the
balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has
been living for more than four years.
But WikiLeaks said owing to “recent security concerns”, he
would now appear via video link on Tuesday at a news
conference in Berlin, Germany.
A man scaled a wall at the embassy in August. The intruder
was seen at the side of the building, which includes a
window, and fled after being spotted by the embassy’s
The embassy complained it was two hours before anyone
from the British authorities arrived.
WikiLeaks said it would announce new projects and provide
updates on publishing and legal events.
Staff will speak about the lessons learnt during the past
decade as well as future plans.
WikiLeaks has published 10 million documents, including
top secret US State Department cables, saying they revealed
“covert operations and cover-ups”.
Mr Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden where
he is wanted for questioning over a sex allegation, which he
He believes he will be taken to the US to be quizzed over the
activities of WikiLeaks if he goes to Sweden, with the FBI
pursuing charges including espionage, conspiracy to commit
espionage, theft of government property and computer
WikiLeaks points out that the UK Government refuses to give
any guarantees that Mr Assange will not be extradited to the
US if he leaves the embassy.
The FBI and US Department of Justice informed a federal
court in the US that “prosecutive efforts” remain under way
In September, Sweden’s Court of Appeal refused a bid by Mr
Assange to have his case “set aside”, saying no new
information had emerged.
Mr Assange lodged a legal case following a decision by a
United Nations Working Group in February that his
confinement amounted to arbitrary detention.
An Ecuadorian official is due to interview Mr Assange on
behalf of Swedish prosecutors later in October in the
embassy. (Press Association)