Julian Assange, WikiLeaker in chief, may be in prison but that doesn't mean he is offline. The Australian currently in prison in the U.K. fighting extradition to Sweden has reportedly been moved to the segregation unit of London's Wandsworth prison and will be given access to the Internet. Or, more specifically, a computer with limited web access that he can use to work on his case under a British prison initiative named "access to justice."
He probably really wants to get back to work though, since even as WikiLeaks continues to leak from its trove of U.S. diplomatic cables (the latest of which imply a U.S. contractor may have been involved with the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy), it appears that some disgruntled leakers are looking to start their own leak emporium.
Assange is also reportedly preparing for possible charges from the U.S.. As for what exactly he will be charged with, that remains unclear. His lawyer tells ABC News that she doubts that charges will use the Espionage Act arguing that Assange is "entitled to first amendment protection as publisher of WikiLeaks and any prosecution under the Espionage Act would in my view be unconstitutional and puts at risk all media organisations in the US."
Meanwhile in other WikiLeak news:
- Here's a fun story about how one Australian reporter, Phillip Dorling, met up with Assange and the WikiLeakers earlier this year in England. It includes noir-touches like trips to answer phones at train stations and men in trench coats.
- The U.S. military is now trying to stop future leakers by banning removable media from its secret network.
- Hard not to enjoy the adventures of a CGI Assange.
- A break down of the differences between Swedish and U.S. rape laws.
- Finally, you probably want to check this leak out. [via BB]