Assange: More Documents to Be Released Thursday

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 06:07 PM

By Greg Richter

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will release another trove of documents on Thursday, the second anniversary of his self-imposed exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The documents pertain to more than 50 countries, including the United States and every nation in Europe, Assange told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on Wednesday.

"In total, more than 67 percent of global trade is encaptured by those negotiations," Assange said, declining to reveal any more details.

He previously mentioned a new set of leaks in March, when he appeared via video link at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. At that time he would give neither time nor subject, saying, "I don’t think it’s right to give the perpetrator the heads up."

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy since July 19, 2012, where is seeking political asylum for what he says are false allegations against him in Sweden.

No charges have been filed, but the allegations involve sexual assault. Assange says the charged are trumped up in attempt to get him extradited from England to Sweden, then from Sweden to the United States, where he is under investigation for publishing secret documents online.

"The real bear in the room is the United States," Assange's American attorney Michael Ratner told CNN. "Eric Holder has said he would not be prosecuting publishers and journalists. That investigation ought to end."

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