Assange: I've Got Big Dirt on Rupert Murdoch

Secret News Corp docs part of WikiLeaks 'insurance files'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2011 3:22 AM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2011 7:43 AM CST
Julian Assange is flanked by police officers as he leaves the court after making an appearance at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.    (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – Julian Assange says the "insurance files" that he'll release if something happens to him or WikiLeaks include secret documents that could seriously damage Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp empire. "There are 504 US embassy cables on one broadcasting organization, and there are cables on Murdoch and News Corp," the WikiLeaks founder tells the New Statesman.

Assange says he fears that US authorities are trying to break suspected leaker Bradley Manning in an effort to build a conspiracy case against him. WikiLeaks' real "technological enemy," however, is China, not the US, he says. "China is the worst offender," when it comes to censorship, he says. "China has aggressive and sophisticated interception technology that places itself between every reader inside China and every information source outside China. We've been fighting a running battle to make sure we can get information through, and there are now all sorts of ways Chinese readers can get on to our site."

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