The Man Behind WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

Is it the message or the messenger ? All weekend the police hunt for Julian Assange continued. The man behind WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website, is a curiosity to many. Today we're asking about Julian Assange and whether his message is being blurred by his personality.


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Julian Assange - Mark Stephens

We started this segment with a clip from Julian Assange. He's the man behind WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website that has governments all over the world running for cover. Wikileaks is in the process of releasing an estimate quarter of a million classified U.S. diplomatic documents. And people believe that is fundamentally changing the practices of diplomacy and investigative journalism in the process.

Now, Julian Assange appears to be on the run. The U.S. Government has made a point of saying that he is in possession of stolen property. Interpol has put out a red warning for him. And Swedish authorities want him extradited for questioning over two allegations of sexual assault.

Julian Assange is in hiding this morning but his lawyer, Mark Stephens has agreed to talk to us. He was in London, England.

Julian Assange - Birgitta Jonsdottir

Julian Assange began organizing WikiLeaks in 2006. But the group leapt to real public prominence last April, when it released a classified U.S. military video that showed a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq in which civilians were killed. That release was the work of a small team of activists holed up in a house in Iceland ... a place they called their "bunker."

Birgitta Jonsdottir was one of the activists in that house. She's also a member of Iceland's Parliament. She has since left WikiLeaks. She was in Reykjavik.

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