WikiLeaks' Assange boosts security after death threats

3rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday in a question and answer session on The Guardian newspaper's website that his team was taking security precautions due to "threats against our lives".

"The threats against our lives are a matter of public record. However, we are taking the appropriate precautions to the degree that we are able when dealing with a super power," Assange wrote in response to a reader's question.

A Canadian pundit called earlier this week for him to be assassinated for leaking US diplomatic cables, while former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said those responsible for the leaks should face execution.

Assange also said that some of the diplomatic memos obtained by the whistleblowing website contain references to UFOs, although he did not give further details.

"It is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the 'cablegate' archive there are indeed references to UFOs," he wrote when asked if any of the documents he had received referred to extraterrestrial life.

The 39-year-old Australian, who is the subject of a Swedish arrest warrant over sex crimes allegations, has not been seen in public since the release of the documents on Sunday and has refused to give his whereabouts.

He is reportedly hiding out in Britain.

The online session was delayed for nearly an hour due to what The Guardian said were technical problems triggered by "huge" demand.

This came shortly after WikiLeaks was briefly forced off the Internet by cyber attacks following its decision to publish some 250,000 US diplomatic memos.

WikiLeaks had to find a new Swiss domain name Friday after its original address was shut down as it was suffering massive attacks.

Assange's London-based lawyer, Mark Stephens, said Friday that a "state actor" was likely to blame for the the "sophisticated" efforts to take down WikiLeaks.

© 2010 AFP

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