Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has broken cover to speak out in defence of his activities direct to an American audience with an appearance current affairs show 60 Minutes.
On the CBS News show Assange likened the values of his whistle blowing website to those of the Founding fathers of the US and said that a backlash against the site was driven by “embarrassment”.
In a combative appearance Assange added that: “The US does not have the technology to take the site down”, saying: “The way our technology is constructed, the way the internet is constructed, it’s quite hard to stop things reappearing. We’ve had attacks on specific domain names, little pieces of infrastructure knocked out but we now have some 2,000 fully independent websites, in every way, where we’re publishing around the world.”
Assange is currently on bail living in the mansion of a British benefactor awaiting an extradition request to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault.