WikiLeaks founder attacks friends and foes

WikilLeaks
founder Julian Assange has made a broad series of attacks on his enemies and
allies as he defends his public and private conduct.

Mr Assange predicted that the US
would face reprisals if it attempted to extradite him on conspiracy charges.

He accused his media partners at
The Guardian newspaper, which worked with him to make the embarrassing leaks
public, of unfairly tarnishing him by revealing damaging details of the sex
assault allegations he faces in Sweden. He insisted the women behind the claims
were motivated by revenge.

Mr Assange said he had enough
material ready to destroy the bosses of one of the world’s biggest banks.

Speaking from a Suffolk mansion
where he is confined on bail after being released from Wandsworth prison, the
39-year-old said The Guardian’s decision to publish incriminating police files
about him was “disgusting”.

He is particularly angry with Nick
Davies, a senior reporter and former friend, for “selectively
publishing” incriminating sections of the police report – although The
Guardian has made it clear Mr Assange was given several days to respond, and it
is known some graphic detail of his conduct was not published.

Mr Assange said the newspaper had
received leaked documents from Swedish authorities or “other intelligence
agencies” intent on jeopardising his defence. “Someone in authority
clearly intended to keep Julian in prison,” he said. Asked whether he was
promiscuous, he replied: “I’m not promiscuous. I just really like
women.”

Mr Assange confirmed that WikiLeaks
was holding a vast amount of material about a bank to release early next year.
Shares in Bank of America fell after speculation it was the target. “We don’t
want the bank to suffer unless it’s called for,” Mr Assange said,
“but if its management is operating in a responsive way, there will be
resignations.”

US officials are searching for ways
to extradite him on espionage charges, but Mr Assange claimed a
“tremendous” level of support in the general population that would
“turn the tables”.

“They’ll make statements by
(Sarah) Palin and (Bill) Clinton not only ineffective but lethal.”

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