Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said his whistle blowing website is like a ‘leaking boat,’ that is filled with torpedo holes, and is trying its best to stay afloat.
Forty-year-old Assange, who is currently out on bail in Britain while facing possible extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault and rape against two women, appeared via videolink and said that his secret-spilling website has ‘just begun its work’.
“At the moment, WikiLeaks is a rather big boat with a lot of torpedo holes in it that has taken water in and is drifting along and we’re doing our best to keep it afloat,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Assange, as saying.
“We have only just begun. We have put into that historic record less than one-thousandth of the series of information that is concealed that needs to be there,” he added.
Assange further reflected on how 310 days ago he was in Wandsworth Prison in London and the Australian government was doing “everything in their power to see him shipped off to the US”.
“And that swift reaction from the Australian government was only stopped by the Australian population and our friends in Australia. It was an expression of democratic discipline,” he added.
Wikileaks recently came under criticism for posting its entire archive of US State Department cables on its website.
Assange blamed the Guardian newspaper for the leak, saying the newspaper’s negligence in publishing an encryption key to uncensored files forced his organisation’s hand in publishing the secret US diplomatic memos.
He said that now other former media partner, The New York Times, is also trying to distance itself from WikiLeaks to “save its own arses”.
Assange further deemed 251,287 leaked cables as “the greatest intellectual political treasury that has ever been put into the historic records of modern times.”
Assange also accepted that Wikileaks may not survive as an organization, but said that if the it is destroyed, then “other people have been inspired by Wikileaks’ work would continue to carry the flame.” (ANI)