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Sweden shuns Wikileaks founder
Stockholm, Oct 18 (Agencies):
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Published on 18 Oct. 2010 10:27 PM IST
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied a permit he had applied for to live and work in Sweden, a Swedish Migration Board official says. “We have decided not to grant him a residence permit,” said Gunilla Wikstroem on Monday, who is in charge of his case.
“He did not fulfill the requirements,” she said, refusing to give more details for confidentiality reasons.
Advertisement: Story continues below The Australian founder of the whistleblowing website applied to the Swedish Migration Board for a residence permit on August 18. Some of the Wikileaks servers are situated in the Scandinavian country.
Two days after he filed his application, media revealed two women had reported him to police for rape and molestation. Assange is still under investigation in Sweden, but the probe did not bar him from leaving the country. When contacted on Monday, an Icelandic spokesman for Wikileaks, Kristinn Hrafnsson, refused to reveal Assange’s whereabouts.
His last public appearance was in London, when he spoke publicly at City University on September 30.
Wikileaks is imminently expected to release some 400,000 secret military reports on the US-led Iraq war.As the whistleblower website WikiLeaks plans to release 400,000 more classified documents on the US war in Iraq, an activist says Washington fears that the truth may eventually see the light of day. The Pentagon has set up a 120-person taskforce to go through the documents and determine their release impact. “The US military is floating these kinds of charges about the national security damage and so on. What they really fear is an exposure of the real role of the US military in the Middle East, of domination,” Gloria La Riva from the ANSWER Coalition told Press TV.
“And at all cost, they will carry on this domination with killings, with assassinations, with death squad, with drone planes that are bombing people from Iraq, to Afghanistan to Pakistan,” La Riva added. She also said that it is not the national security of the American people that is at stake, but “the security of the warmongers, the military contractors, the 70,000 corporations in the United States that make profit from bombs and military weapons and killing.”
No Wikileaks release Monday

REYKJAVIK, OCT 18 (AFP): An Icelandic spokesman for WikiLeaks said the whistleblowing website would not publish some 400,000 secret military reports on the Iraq war on Monday, but would make new documents public “very soon.”
“There are rumours that have been floating around for some time, there is nothing you can do about it, they’re obviously not correct. I can confirm that there’s nothing coming out today,” Kristinn Hrafnsson told AFP.
“We don’t comment on what we are working on and don’t give any exact dates,” he said.
The Pentagon scoured through an Iraq war database Monday to prepare for potential fallout from an expected release by WikiLeaks of some 400,000 secret military reports.
The massive release, possibly early this week, is set to dwarf the whistleblower website’s publication of 77,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan in July, including the names of Afghan informants and other details from raw intelligence reports.

 
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