WikiLeaks' Assange: More docs coming -- on banks, too
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his organization is continuing to churn out classified State Department documents, indicating that at least hundreds will be surfaced in the coming days -- and his next target is big banks and corporations.
"We're doing about 80 a day, presently, and that will gradually step up as the other media partners step in," Assange said in an interview Tuesday with Time magazine, referring to the once-secret State Department cables that have been roiling world capitals.
“Indeed, every region of the world appeared to be bracing for its turn in the WikiLeaks mill,” the magazine says. “Pakistani officials are almost certain more revealing documents will come out focusing on their country soon. Russian media is anxious to see if future leaks will detail behind-the-scenes dealing over the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war.”
Assange also said U.S. security agencies were focusing their hunt for leakers in the Boston area.
“The FBI, State Department and U.S. Army CID [Criminal Investigation Command] has been going around Boston visiting a number of people there," Assange said, adding that "people” with connections to U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning, a suspected leaker now detained in Quantico, Va., “have been detained coming back into the United States." The home of Manning’s mother in Wales, Assange also said, was "visited, or raided, depending on how you want to describe it" by the FBI.
The FBI could not be immediately reached for confirmation.
Assange, an Australian, also confirmed a Forbes magazine story just before the latest leak that WikiLeaks has “a large U.S. financial corporation in its sights.”
"Yes, the banks are in there," he told Time. "Many different multinational organizations are in the upcoming weeks."
"The upcoming bank material," he added, will amount to "ten thousand documents as opposed to hundreds, which we have gotten in the other cases."
| November 30, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
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