The redoubtable Julian Assange has fired back against the unrelenting attacks against him by threatening that if he were to be brought to trial on the rape accusations he faces in Sweden, or for treason charges that have been suggested by some U.S. politicians, he will release the encryption key to the 1.3-gigabyte file protected with an unbreakable 256-bit encryption key that contains the full versions of all the U.S. documents received by WikiLeaks to date. This includes those that have been withheld from publication or have had names and details removed in order to protect the lives of spies, sources and soldiers.
Mr. Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens said, “WikiLeaks has been subject to cyberattacks and censorship around the world and they need to protect themselves ... This is what they believe to be a thermonuclear device in the information age.”
While the regular cadre of American wankers (Gingrich, Palin) have been calling for Mr. Assange's arrest or even his death, U.S. charges against Mr. Assange are unlikely as ...he is not a U.S. citizen and, because he did not steal the documents himself, but only participated in their publication, he would likely be protected under the U.S. Constitution’s free-speech provisions.