Julian Assange Claims To Have Rupert Murdoch ‘Insurance Files’

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, claimed today he was in possession of “insurance” files on Rupert Murdoch and his global media company, News Corporation (NSDQ: NWS). Assange also claimed that WikiLeaks holds more than 500 confidential US diplomatic cables on one broadcasting organisation. Speaking to journalist John Pilger for an interview to be published tomorrow in the latest edition of the New Statesman, Assange said: “There are 504 US embassy cables on one broadcasting organisation and there are cables on Murdoch and News Corp.”

Assange refers to these specific cables as “insurance files” that will be released “if something happens to me or to WikiLeaks”.

The Guardian has published stories based on more than 700 of the cables and has access to all 250,000.

He said yesterday that the whistleblowers’ site would “shortly” continue publishing cables stories which would “speak more of the same truth to power”.

WikiLeaks began publishing the leaked cables through international media partners including the Guardian, part of the group that publishes MediaGuardian.co.uk, in late November.

Their release slowed over Christmas as the partner media organisations, which supplied redacted versions of the documents to WikiLeaks, scaled back their cable operations.

The 39-year-old Australian is currently fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden on accusations of rape and sexual assault. Pilger, who counts Assange as a personal friend, last month offered to stand £20,000 in surety to secure the whistleblower’s bail.

Attempts by the US to take legal action against Assange should worry the mainstream media, he said.

“I think what’s emerging in the mainstream media is the awareness that if I can be indicted, other journalists can, too,” he added.

“Even the New York Times (NYSE: NYT) is worried. This used not to be the case. If a whistleblower was prosecuted, publishers and reporters were protected by the first amendment, which journalists took for granted. That’s being lost.”

Despite pressure from the US on private companies to severe ties with WikiLeaks, Assange insisted that China is the real “technological enemy” of the site.

China has deployed “aggressive and sophisticated” interception technology to stop details of the diplomatic dispatches reaching its citizens, he said, adding that there were now “all sorts of ways” Chinese users could access the controversial material.

This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.

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Jack

Dude’s digging his own grave, increasingly conflating “insurance” with blackmail, and “exposing injustice” with revealing private communications of no public-interest value at all. His outsized ego and sociopathic nature are now acting as multiplier effects that will further whittle away whatever broad-based sympathy he’s managed to retain. And as his former supporters increasingly jump ship, his anger and paranoia will consume him ever more. Whistleblower-turned-Narcissus, we hardly knew ye…

Richard Tobin

One should stand back and take an exceptionally clear-headed look at Julian Assange and WonkiLeaks Inc. The take one derives should not be a simple choice between ‘good or bad’ – between important truths revealed or damage to national interests. The third possibility (probability) is that this is a (very light Grey) psychological operation (PSYOP) on behalf of ‘the powers that be’.

The material revealed has done little to dent the US Administration/Military/CIA (or their one true highly influencing comrade). Nothing of significance has been publicly revealed that has not already been clearly understood by anyone with a hint of an enquiring mind. Much of the US (NeoCon style) ‘world view’ has, yet again, been unequivocally delineated in a very public arena by this campaign. The playground bully dominance of the US is instead asserted.

Other national party’s interests have been damaged or slapped-down. Other party’s are no-doubt in fear of what about them could yet be revealed. Does that really include Rupert Murdoch and his ‘News Corporation’. Give me a break!

Black and Maxwell may have strayed from the path and paid a heavy price. Rupert Murdoch is in another dimension to those fellows – they were backstreet traders by comparison.

If Julian Assange had one ounce of bona-fide independent-media, truth revealing, legitimacy and could really dig the dirt on Rupert Murdoch he should not hesitate to publish immediately; he would not hesitate to publish immediately.

Instead this threat can be nothing more than a sham from a patsy. A feeble assertion to attempt to separate WackiLumps from the corporate/politically controlled and manipulated mainstream-media of which it (on the balance of probability) is nothing but an intrinsic part – only conducting a specialist function but disseminating propaganda nonetheless.

The further damage to the already deeply limited ability of our mainstream media to publish real but uncomfortable truths is asserted. And the warning to independent news providers can not be ignored either. This is the prime objective I am reluctantly sure.

Instead Assange continues to fake his independence and pretends he can hold to ransom the most enduringly powerful (known) man in the world. Ha ha ha!

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