posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 11:37 AM
Assange, who has gained worldwide attention since WikiLeaks' publication of the so-called Afghan War Diary last month, confirmed that the website
planned to release the remaining 15,000 classified documents it holds within "the next two to four weeks"
The Local reported on Sunday that Assange had confirmed that WikiLeaks plans to submit a formal application this week for a Swedish publishing
licence (utgivningsbevis) in order to guarantee that the website is covered by Swedish whistleblower protection laws.
Assange has apparently been to Sweden to make a deal with the Swedish newspaper: 'Aftonbladet' about being a columnist (a journalist who writes for
publication in a series) to write in their newspaper - they will now hire him as Columnist.
By doing so, he can apparently receive something that in Swedish is called: Proof of publishing or "Swedish publication authorization licence " -
which means that he's protected by the Swedish publishing Law written in the Swedish constitution - about protecting sources.
Sweden is well knowned for having one of the most free press Laws and the strongest protection of sources in the world.
And Swedish journalists never have to reveal their sources, and it's for an example actually forbidden for the authorities to even ask a journalist
about his whistleblowing sources in case of a Government scandal would occur if there is enough circumstantial evidence or similar - the journalist
can then print his article and be fully protected by the Swedish constitution about a total free Swedish press.
So by doing this smart collaboration with the Swedish newspaper and have a column in their newspaper, writing for them - and by doing so receive a
"Swedish publication authorization licence" which apparently would make all Wikileaks servers in Sweden to be protected by the Swedish constitution.
Yeah! I heard this the other day on the radio so no special link for this, but everything I said can be verified by these recent news links from
Sweden above and below!
Here's a google translation from Aftonbladet in Swedish to English about the Columnist deal - sorry for bad google translation, but it is what it is
- blame google!
Google Translation From Swedish Newspaper Aftonbladet
Editor-in-chief Jan Helin greet Julian Assange welcome as a new columnist for Aftonbladet
WikiLeaks to apply for Swedish licence
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed that he will submit a formal application this week for a Swedish publishing licence (utgivningsbevis) in
order to guarantee that the website is covered by Swedish whistleblower protection laws.
Assange: Swedish press freedoms 'most proven'
Julian Assange, the Australian founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has praised Swedish legislation protecting the freedom of the press but
says that other countries, such as Iceland, are also working to improve their legal framework.
So for everyone who are interested in this, it's now confirmed from Assange in Sweden that the new 15,000 classified documents will apparently be
released within "the next two to four weeks".
I am wondering about these remaining documents though, will there be anything mindblowing, or any new stuff revealed in this "secret" yet unreleased
batch - or will it be just an anti-climax of nothingness with information that is already known to most news-junkies here on ATS?
So what do ya think?
[edit on 18-8-2010 by Chevalerous]