Whoever leaked the US cables is “an unparalleled hero,” says Julian Assange

Julian Assange: Whoever leaked US embassy cables is unparalleled hero
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange answers questions on guardian.co.uk as it is claimed he faces imminent arrest

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, today hailed the person responsible for leaking the diplomatic cables as “an unparalleled hero” and suggested that his organisation had deliberately used servers in certain jurisdictions, such as Amazon’s in the US, to test their commitment to freedom of speech.

In a live Q&A on guardian.co.uk, the Australian journalist highlighted the role alleged to have been played in the leaks by the soldier Bradley Manning.

“For the past four years one of our goals has been to lionise the source who take the real risks in nearly every journalistic disclosure and without whose efforts, journalists would be nothing,” said Assange. “If indeed it is the case, as alleged by the Pentagon, that the young soldier – Bradley Manning – is behind some of our recent disclosures, then he is without doubt an unparalleled hero.”

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