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WikiLeaks Can Survive 'Swedish', 'U.S.' Probes Without Assange, Lawyers Say

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WikiLeaks Can Survive Swedish, U.S. Probes Without Assange, Lawyers Say

Dec 12, 2010

By Erik Larson and Matthew Campbell

Time Magazine, Assange, Wikileaks, freemasons, freemasonry

WikiLeaks, the website under fire for leaking classified U.S. government documents, may be impossible to silence even as its founder sits in jail and American prosecutors contemplate espionage charges.

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.

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