Goal is `promote justice`: WikiLeaks founder

Julian Assange said goal of releasing documents is not to undermine govts.

Last Updated: May 02, 2011, 09:02 AM IST

Quito: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in an interview published on Sunday, said the goal of releasing secret documents is not to undermine governments but to “promote justice”.

“It is not our aim to destabilise any government per se. Rather, we work for the public`s right to information about and from their governments,” Assange said in interview answers e-mailed to Ecuador`s El Comercio newspaper.

The Australian, a former computer hacker, currently is in Britain fighting extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault. WikiLeaks has published thousands of cables in which US diplomats give their often candid views on world leaders. It has also leaked thousands of secret documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“The purpose of WikiLeaks is to promote justice by opening governments and powerful corporations,” he told the newspaper. “There is too much work done by these entities to hide information, information that should be known to the public.”

“In some instances this had had a rightfully destabilising effect,” he continued, “but this is a byproduct of our larger aim. If the truth we reveal mobilises people to react against illegitimate government then this is their choice,” he said.

“How the people chose to react to what they discover about their governments is up to them.”

Bureau Report