Sunday, October 24, 2010

WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Chased by Turmoil - NYTimes.com

The next chapter in this story is likely to be ugly

Much has changed since 2006, when Mr. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, used years of computer hacking and what friends call a near genius I.Q. to establish WikiLeaks, redefining whistle-blowing by gathering secrets in bulk, storing them beyond the reach of governments and others determined to retrieve them, then releasing them instantly, and globally.

Now it is not just governments that denounce him: some of his own comrades are abandoning him for what they see as erratic and imperious behavior, and a nearly delusional grandeur unmatched by an awareness that the digital secrets he reveals can have a price in flesh and blood.

WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Chased by Turmoil - NYTimes.com

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