WikiLeaks releases to continue despite arrest: journalist

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WikiLeaks will release more secret US diplomatic cables despite the arrest Tuesday of its founder Julian Assange, a journalist working for the whistleblowing website said.

"In terms of what is happening, all is on schedule, all that stuff will keeping rolling out as ever. That's all I can tell you," WikiLeaks journalist James Ball told AFP.

Assange, 39, surrendered to British police in London on Tuesday on a Swedish arrest warrant on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The Australian former computer hacker denies the charges.

His lawyers have said Sweden's case could be linked to WikiLeaks' decision to release over the past week thousands of confidential US State Department documents.

Several newspapers around the world have been publishing the WikiLeaks cables and a spokesman for the website said last week that they have copies of many of the documents.

Assange said last week that he had sent out thousands more encrypted copies which would be released in the event that he or the website were "taken out."

"The cablegate archive has been spread... to over 100,000 people in encrypted form. If something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically," he said in a live webchat with the Guardian newspaper.

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