Resolved – Mr Julian Assange v Daily Mail
Clauses Noted: 1
Mr Julian Assange complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice about claims appearing in various articles.
The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following corrections, as well as appropriate amendments to the online articles:
Article 1: News of the World: If Max Clifford deserves £1m what price the Dowler family? (12/07/11)
A column on 12 July suggested that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had hacked into the security services and published information which got people killed. Mr Assange asks us to clarify that Wikileaks does not itself ‘hack’ but provides a secure facility for anonymous sources to deposit information online. While the U.S. government has warned that Wikileaks disclosures put lives at risk, no such deaths have to date been reported.
Article 2: WikiLeaks could be bankrupt by the end of the year, admits Julian Assange (25/10/11)
This article was amended on 8 March. An earlier version stated that Mr Assange was ‘fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges’. This has been amended to ‘sexual assault allegations’ as Mr Assange has not been formally charged with any offence. An incorrect reference to Mr Assange having been ‘cautioned’ for wearing a mask at the Occupy London demonstration has also been removed.
Article 3: Autobiography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a sales flop (30/09/11)
This article was amended on 8 March. An earlier version stated that Mr Assange faced ‘two allegations of rape’. In fact, there is one allegation of Category 3 (less serious crime) “rape” the other being of sexual molestation.
Article 4: WikiLeaks may endanger secret sources by publishing 250,000 uncensored US cables, say former allies (03/09/11)
This article was amended on 8 March to include Mr Assange’s denial that he had ‘tried to use money donated to WikiLeaks to pay for his defence against sexual assault allegations in Sweden’. He also points out that all WikiLeak’s donation funds are independently administered and audited, as detailed on the WikiLeaks website.
Article 5: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange loses High Court bid to block extradition to Sweden over sex crime (02/11/11)
This article was amended on 8 March. An earlier version stated that a ‘warrant was issued for his arrest in August last year. Mr Assange left Sweden eight days later after a prosecutor ruled there was no evidence of rape. But another European Arrest Warrant was issued on September 1.’ In fact, the warrant for Mr Assange’s arrest was rescinded after the prosecutor ruled there was no evidence of rape. Mr Assange then remained in Sweden for thirty eight days but another European Arrest Warrant was issued on November 18 2010.’
Date Published: 03/04/2012