WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, at a seminar at UC Berkeley earlier this year, described surveillance of his organization – and a cyberattack he said came from China.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made lots of new enemies in recent days. The site's online publication of a vast trove of sensitive and classified US diplomatic documents has angered government officials from America to Australia, and plenty of places in between.
But Mr. Assange may have lots of enemies already. Earlier this year, he told a seminar at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism that he and his organization long have noticed that they’re being watched by what they presume are intelligence agents.
“Whenever you see surveillance, what you’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg, because it’s when people have screwed up and you notice it,” Assange told the seminar, according to video of the event taken by Fora.tv. He spoke there in April, after WikiLeaks had posted a military video shot from the cockpit of an Apache helicopter that showed men in Baghdad being gunned down by American forces.
Assange said WikiLeaks has experienced many such incidents. He described in detail one that he said took place in a Luxembourg parking lot. One of Assange’s associates was ambushed, in a sense.
“Someone followed [the associate] to the car park and then waited for him to come out of his car and then started asking questions about WikiLeaks and asking questions about me, and saying, ‘It’s in your interests to come and have a coffee with me,’ ” said Assange.