WikiLeaks Can Survive Swedish, U.S. Probes Without Assange, Lawyers Say
Dec 12, 2010
By Erik Larson and Matthew Campbell
The website, which releases leaked files online, can replicate its data if shut down and doesn’t need a high-profile leader like founder Julian Assange, said John Perry Barlow, co- founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which promotes freedom of information on the Internet.
“As much as I hate to say it, he may be more of a liability than asset at the moment,” Barlow said in an interview. “I am committed to seeing that he gets justice, but WikiLeaks cannot just be the extension of one person who can, as we see, be taken out.”
Assange, 39, has a second U.K. court hearing tomorrow after being denied bail in an extradition fight with Sweden, where he faces rape allegations. His Dec. 7 arrest came nine days after WikiLeaks began posting selections from a group of about 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic communications, drawing condemnation from the Justice Department and U.S. allies.