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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, under fire for posting hundreds of thousands of secret war documents on the Internet, is living a cloaked life -- staying at hotels under false names, dying his hair and exchanging messages with a dwindling band of loyalists using encrypted cellphones.

Assange stirred the pot again Friday, posting nearly 392,000 Iraq war documents, revealing little in the way of dramatic new information but offering critical context for the war and the U.S. role from 2003 through last year. The details indicate the number of Iraqi civilian deaths is likely higher than previously believed -- many at the hands of fellow Iraqi but also in tragic instances involving Americans. Assange, the whistleblower, called it the "most comprehensive and detailed account of any war ever to have entered the public record," the New York Times reported Saturday.

WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeAssange, a 39-year-old Australian, moves about like a hunted man, speaking barely above a whisper, sleeping on other people's sofas and using cash instead of credit cards, according to the Times report. "By being determined to be on this path, and to not compromise, I've wound up in an extraordinary situation..." he said in a recent interview in London.

He came into the public consciousness almost three months ago when WikiLeaks put up some 77,000 classified Defense Department documents related to the war in Afghanistan. Although there were no bombshells, Pentagon officials said the posted information could endanger U.S. troops and their Afghan allies.

In addition to alarming the U.S. and British governments with the two document dumps, Assange is still under investigation in Sweden on a personal matter, and has been abandoned by some disillusioned colleagues. They complain about his erratic behavior and apparent lack of awareness that the secrets revealed by WikiLeaks could cost lives, the Times said.

Officials in Sweden have yet to formally go forward with rape and molestation charges involving accusations made by two women about eight weeks ago. Assange says it's a "smear campaign," but the case is unresolved, neither approved nor dismissed by authorities.

"When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like," he said.
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No one is apparently interested in trying to find out who is giving this guy access to these "so-called" classified documents. Apparently the misnomered "Justice" Department doesn't care so long as the only documents being leaked deal with the prior administration.

October 24 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

He belongs in a deep dark hole like sadam was, and fed only bread and water until the day he dies.

October 24 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This problem of a liberal leaking national secrets on a war is the kind of thing that happens when you get someone like Obama in office. The best way to solve a problem is to not have it. So, we might ask the question, "What would Reagan do?". This is the kind of thing that does not happen under conservative leadership because guys like Assange just don't do it.

October 24 2010 at 9:55 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This situation has to be a strange mixture of the law and politics. Shouldn't some guy like Holder or Obama explain to the public what the law is. Is it actually legal to publish military secrets? Is Assange a spy for Al Quaeda? If not, who? Is he protected by liberals? Are there foreign countries that support him, who are they? If Obama can sign an assassination order for the American Imam who is connected to various terrorists acts, would Obama sign an assassination order for Assange. If not the US, would the Australians do it? Why didn't Obama do something to stop Assange, are we too civilized to protect ourselves and are allies. Why did Obama let this happen and then ignore it? It just seems weird. May be Anna Chapman is all that the US can handle.

October 24 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Please!!! This guy is asking for mercy on the grounds he's an orphan after murdering his parents.

October 24 2010 at 9:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Assange has a lot of blood on his hands for printing names and places. He can hide but he has put enough people in danger that he will be found. If he is lucky, the Americans will find him first. If the Iraqis find him first, we may never see or hear a trace of him ever again.

October 24 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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You should be happy that was Assange receiving the documents.. If he was some kind of terrorist he would give the info to some "terrorist cell" without America knowledge, to attack America and Europe where it hurts more .. But he just gave it to the world so now everybody knows and america can protect herself. If someone had failed, it was America, not the journalist Julian.. America was supposed to be able to keep its own secrets, Secret! Now get over it and protect your info in the future. Don't try to silent wikileaks because it's impossible unless you shutdown the internet... But that would be worst to America than to any other country... So Get used to it. And take advantage of the info to know better your external politics.. The one who turns so many countries against America. Peace for you

December 14 2010 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Assange is right where he wants to be - in the spot light. He had to know what releasing this information would lead to and if not, he is just plain stupid. Assange, you are going to have a lot of blood on your hands for the way you have released names and places. I hope staying on the run wears you down to a frazazle so you can stop endangering other people's lives. Have you ever served your country? Probably not. A person that has never been in a Military Combat Situation has no right to judge.

October 24 2010 at 1:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

No Justice without the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth, so help us God.

October 24 2010 at 1:02 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Julian Assange is a traitor, plain and simple. He does not care how many lives his reckless behavior costs. Australia should take the most severe legal action available against soon as possible. Eventually,families of the victims who die as a result of his traitorous actions will hunt him down. I seriously doubt if any insurance company would write a life insurance policy on him any time soon.

October 24 2010 at 12:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

To all those who are angry, incensed, and/or murderous about the Traitor Assange, let's all look at it from another perspective, shall we? This guy is CHRISTIAN. Yes, he is! So if we apply the kind of logic that people would have used had he been a Muslim, then you know what would happen: All the Christians would be called evil. They would be threatened in their lives, their properties, and their civil liberties. All the church-going people should be deported. Dim-witted hate speech would be made against Jesus. No church should be allowed to be built anymore. And the Holy Bible might be burned. You're either with or against double standards. You're either with or against the rule of law and justice. think about it. Peace.

October 24 2010 at 12:40 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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