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Wikileaks founder teases about more secrets to be released

Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks via Skype on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin.

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By Bloomberg News
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:03 p.m.

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has announced that the group will release a new batch of secret information.

Assange, speaking through a video feed on Saturday to a crowd of more than 3,000 people at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, said he wouldn't share details about the timing or contents.

“I don't think it's right to give the perpetrator the heads up,” Assange said.

Wikileaks, which started in 2006, leaks classified documents under a philosophy of increasing government transparency. State Department communications and military field reports from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were among the classified documents given to Assange by the former Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison.

Assange, 42, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition in a Swedish sexual assault investigation, told the conference that the National Security Agency is losing the public relations battle since the revelations by Edward Snowden. The disclosures show a “military occupation” in the Internet's “public space.”

The NSA doesn't get enough oversight from President Obama's administration, he said.

“Who really wears the pants in the administration?” Assange asked.

Snowden, who is living in Moscow, will speak on Monday through a video link.



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