WikiLeaks' Assange says has rumors of U.S. indictment

LONDON Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:25pm EST

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LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, freed on bail on Thursday after nine days in a London jail over alleged sexual offences in Sweden, said his lawyers had heard rumours he had been indicted in the United States.

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has angered U.S. authorities by publishing part of a trove of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.

The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors were looking for evidence that Assange had conspired with a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified documents in order to bring charges against him.

"I don't have too many fears about being extradited to Sweden. There are much bigger concerns about being extradited to the U.S.," Assange told reporters in London, soon after being released on bail from a British prison.

"We have a rumor today from my lawyers in the United States, it's not confirmed yet, that there has been an indictment made against me in the United States," he said.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Stefano Ambrogi)

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Comments (5)
johngeorge wrote:
good! i’m glad julians is out. lets see….. our goverment stabs the american people and all our allies in the back and then wanna blame julian, correct? of course it’s correct! our government is the most treacherous government their is on this planet. they claim peace and start stupid wars where ever they want, they kill whoever they want and they are the biggest liars their are! john george columbus ohio

Dec 16, 2010 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tergen wrote:
So Assange thinks governments don’t deserve confidentiality to conduct their business?

How about WikiLeaks? Does it need confidentiality? How about a release of all of your secrets, Julian?

It’s surprising and sad that this guy is still ambulatory.

Dec 16, 2010 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Th2Shay wrote:
Let them try, they are just making bigger fools of themselves. More and more people are seening how vendictive the US policy makers really are, so realising it’s a political witch hunt.

Dec 16, 2010 4:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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