Julian Assange compares Wikileaks to US Founding Fathers

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Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has likened the values of the whistle-blowing website to those of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

In a CBS interview with 60 Minutes aired on Sunday night Mr Assange, who is currently under US criminal investigation over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret military reports and diplomatic cables, also denied that he was motivated by a dislike of America.

“Our founding values are those of the US revolution,” Mr Assange told Steve Kroft. “They are those of people like [Thomas] Jefferson and [James] Madison," he added.

Mr Assange, 39, described members of Wikileaks as "free press activists" and said the website did not have a political agenda.

"It's not about saving the whales. It's about giving people the information they need to support whaling or not support whaling," the Australian said.

"That is the raw ingredient that is needed to make a just and civil society. And without that you're just sailing in the dark."...

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