In a “60 Minutes” interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dismisses the idea that the United States might stop the revelations on his website.
“The U.S. does not have the technology to take the site down,” Assange tells Steve Kroft. “Just the way our technology is constructed, the way the Internet is constructed, it’s quite hard to stop things reappearing. We’ve had attacks on particular domain names. Little pieces of infrastructure — knocked out. But we now have some 2,000 fully independent in every way websites, where we’re publishing around the world. …It’s not possible to do.”
Assange says he never encouraged anyone to leak the U.S. diplomatic cables. He talked to Kroft over two days at a private English home where the WikiLeaks founder is under house arrest. He is fighting extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.
The interview will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6.
In another excerpt, Kroft asks: “But you were screwing with the forces of nature. You have made some of the most powerful people in the world your enemies. You had to expect that they might retaliate.”
Assange says: “I fully expected they’ll retaliate … Well, they see it as highly embarrassing. I think what it’s really about is keeping the illusion of control. I’m not surprised about that. I am surprised at … the sort of flagrant disregard for U.S. traditions. That is what I’m surprised about.”