WikiLeaks founder plans major leak if his website is shut down permanently

Jan 31, 2011

WASHINGTON WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday detailed a plan to release a deluge of secret documents should the whistleblower website be permanently shut down.

In an exclusive interview with CBS News’s “60 Minutes, Assange said his group had a “system whereby we distribute encrypted backups of things we have yet to publish.

“There are backups distributed amongst many, many people, 100,000 people, and all we need to do is give them an encrypted key and they will be able to continue on, he said.

The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently under US criminal investigation over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret military reports and diplomatic cables, said the key would only be released as a last resort.

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