The Wikileaks saga continues. After having been denied a Swedish residence and work permit, Julian Assange is considering asking for asylum in Switzerland – and moving the site there, too.
He declared that Switzerland and Iceland are they only two Western countries to which he would consider moving the site and feel safe after doing it.
He’s also not satisfied with the U.S. authorities’ failure to investigate possible rights abuses by the nation’s troops, which have come to light following the site’s posting of 477,000 classified documents regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While Britain and Denmark are beginning to do so, the U.S. is still only investigating people who have allegedly leaked the documents.
Assange says that 70 percent of the Wikileaks’ resources are currently used to defend the whistleblower outfit’ financial structure and its sources and collaborators, but that they don’t mean to stop what they are doing. According to The Age, future leaks will include documents concerning not only the U.S., but Russia and Lebanon as well.
In the meantime, it seems that Wikileaks will soon be joined by a new document-leaking site, courtesy of Daniel Domscheit-Berg – one of the top operators at Wikileaks who left the outfit two months ago – and a number of the site’s former staffers.
They mean to publish other documents that may not be as explosive as those concerning the Iraq and Afghan wars, but are important nonetheless. They might be onto a good idea, as Assange himself says that Wikileaks has stopped accepting new documents because it simply has too many documents in its hands and not enough resources to deal with them and publish them at the moment.
“It would be good to have more organizations like WikiLeaks,” said the group’s spokesman, and added that they wished luck to Domscheit-Berg and the others involved in the project.