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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appealed to the press Wednesday to defend him from prosecution for leaking thousands of US documents and secrets, claiming that publishers who advanced WikiLeaks’ data were likely to also be targeted.

“We have seen these statements, that The New York Times is, you know, also being looked at in terms of whether they have engaged in what they call ‘conspiracy to commit espionage,’” he said.

In an interview during the Dylan Ratigan Show, being conducted by fill-in host Cenk Uygur, Assange also addressed the suggestion that he be considered a “high tech terrorist,” an expression used by both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden.

Assange rejected the idea, and instead claimed that terrorism was being conducted by Republicans, Democrats, and Fox News:

“So it’s clear that whoever the terrorists are here, it’s not us.

“But we see constant threats from people in the Re — you know, Republicans in the Senate trying to make a — a name for themselves, the people like Sarah Palin, top shock jocks on Fox and, unfortunately, some members, also, of the Democratic Party, calling for my assassination, calling for the illegal kidnapping of my staff.

“And — and just a few days ago, it was in Fox, that was the phrase that was used — illegal. He should be illegally murdered if necessary– assassinated by the law, if possible, if not, illegally.

“What sort of message does that send about the rule of law in the United States?

“That is conducting violence in order to achieve a political end — the elimination of this organization or the threat of violence to achieve a political end, the elimination of a publisher. And that is the definition of terrorism.”

Source: By Vince Coglianese – The Daily Caller | Published: 4:22 AM 12/23/2010 | Updated: 4:42 AM 12/23/2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appealed to the press Wednesday to defend him from prosecution for leaking thousands of US documents and secrets, claiming that publishers who advanced WikiLeaks’ data were likely to also be targeted.

“We have seen these statements, that The New York Times is, you know, also being looked at in terms of whether they have engaged in what they call ‘conspiracy to commit espionage,’” he said.

In an interview during the Dylan Ratigan Show, being conducted by fill-in host Cenk Uygur, Assange also addressed the suggestion that he be considered a “high tech terrorist,” an expression used by both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden.

Assange rejected the idea, and instead claimed that terrorism was being conducted by Republicans, Democrats, and Fox News:

“So it’s clear that whoever the terrorists are here, it’s not us.

“But we see constant threats from people in the Re — you know, Republicans in the Senate trying to make a — a name for themselves, the people like Sarah Palin, top shock jocks on Fox and, unfortunately, some members, also, of the Democratic Party, calling for my assassination, calling for the illegal kidnapping of my staff.

“And — and just a few days ago, it was in Fox, that was the phrase that was used — illegal. He should be illegally murdered if necessary– assassinated by the law, if possible, if not, illegally.

“What sort of message does that send about the rule of law in the United States?

“That is conducting violence in order to achieve a political end — the elimination of this organization or the threat of violence to achieve a political end, the elimination of a publisher. And that is the definition of terrorism.”

Source: By Vince Coglianese – The Daily Caller | Published: 12/23/2010

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In theaters: December 3rd, 2010

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Synopsis
A recent Sundance world premiere, BHUTTO tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time — Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the ”Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan’s corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls ”the world’s most dangerous place.”

Genre: Documentary
Official site: www.bhuttothefilm.com
Director: Johnny O’Hara, Duane Baughman
Cast: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Sanam ”Sunny” Bhutto, Condoleeza Rice, Arianna Huffington
Run Time: 115 minutes