Obama should resign if approved UN spying: Assange

Last Updated: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 12:15

Madrid: President Barack Obama should resign
if it can be shown that he approved spying by US diplomatic figures on UN officials, the founder of WikiLeaks has said.

"The whole chain of command who was aware of this order,
and approved it, must resign if the US is to be seen to be a
credible nation that obeys the rule of law. The order is so
serious it may well have been put to the president for
approval," Julian Assange told Spanish daily El Pais.

"Obama must answer what he knew about this illegal order
and when. If he refuses to answer or there is evidence he
approved of these actions, he must resign," he added during an
Internet chat interview published online yesterday.

WikiLeaks threw US diplomacy into chaos when it started
releasing more than 250,000 classified State Department cables
on November 28, creating an international firestorm as
American diplomats` private assessments of foreign leaders and
politics have been publicly aired.

According to one of the documents, US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton asked for UN personnel`s telephones, emails,
credit card details and frequent flier numbers.

The United States and other governments said the release
of the documents broke their laws.

Assange gave the interview to El Pais on Saturday from an
undisclosed location. The 39-year-old Australian is believed
to be in Britain, and a report said he could be arrested this
week.

WikiLeaks has come under intense pressure to close since
it began releasing the trove of US State Department cables.
The site has already been forced to change its domain
name and hop-scotch to servers around the globe as successive
companies and countries bent to US arguments branding its
divulgations over the past week "illegal".

It has also come under repeated cyber-attack, through a
tactic known as distributed denial of service (DDoS) in which
thousands of computers connect to its servers in a concerted
attempt to knock them off-line.

Mirror websites, which replicate WikiLeaks`s data, have
sprung up on servers in various countries.

Interpol, meanwhile, has issued a "red notice" against
Assange alerting all police forces that he is a wanted person
in Sweden, which wants to question him "in connection with a
number of sexual offenses", charges he denies.

"The organisation is strong. We have a lot of support,
however we also have many attacks of different forms. From
ongoing mass DDoS attacks to smears and the legal issues,"
said Assange.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 12:15

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