China is the "technological enemy" of WikiLeaks: Assange

China is the "technological enemy" of WikiLeaks and not the US, according to Julian Assange.

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 19:30 PM IST

London: China is the "technological enemy"
of WikiLeaks and not the United States, according to Julian
Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower website which is
fighting a running battle to penetrate the aggressive and
sophisticated Chinese censorship.

"China is the worst offender," when it comes to
censorship, says the controversial Australian hacker, now on
bail in Britain fighting attempts to extradite him to Sweden
over claims of sexual assaults.

The "technological enemy" of WikiLeaks is not the US but
China, 39-year-old Assange was quoted as saying in an
interview to New Statesman magazine.

"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," he said.

China Internet czars censor any information deemed
sensitive or damaging to the ruling Communist Party`s grip on
power. China`s netizens have no access to WikiLeaks website
after authorities blocked the site.

On Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking
the diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, Assange says: "I`d never
heard his name before it was published in the press."

He argues that the US is trying to use Manning,
currently detained in solitary confinement in the US, to build
a case against him.

"Cracking Bradley Manning is the first step," he says.
"The aim clearly is to break him and force a confession
that he somehow conspired with me to harm the national
security of the United States."

Such conspiracy would be impossible, Assange says.
"WikiLeaks technology was designed from the very
beginning to make sure that we never knew the identities or
names of people submitting material. We are as untraceable as
we are uncensorable. That`s the only way to assure sources
they are protected," he said.

Assange`s lawyers have warned that if he is extradited
to America, he could face the death penalty for embarrassing
the leaders of the US government.

Assange also claimed that he had files on media mogul
Rupert Murdoch. If something happens to me or to WikiLeaks,
`insurance` files will be released," he warned.

The contents of these files are unknown, but,
according to Assange, "[t]hey speak more of the same truth to
power." It is not just government that should be worried about
the content of these files, however. "There are 504 US embassy
cables on one broadcasting organisation and there are cables
on Murdoch and News Corp," he said.