Feeds

Wikileaks' Assange to reenter the fray

Embattled leaker to face Times man

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Julian Assange will step back onto the public stage this week with an appearance in London.

Wikileaks' spokesman and de facto leader is scheduled to speak on Thursday at City University. He will debate the rights and wrongs of the whistleblowing site's release of tens of thousands of frontline intelligence reports from Afganistan with Times columnist David Aaronovitch.

The appearance comes after several weeks of relative quiet for a man whose fame now arguably exceeds that of any disclosure so far made by Wikileaks.

Over a tumultuous summer he was at the centre of international controversies over the arrest of a US military intelligence specialist, the release of the Afganistan files, and claims of molestation and rape made against him by two Swedish women. Assange denies the allegations, which remain under investigation.

The pressure has prompted internal division within Wikileaks. Over the weekend, Daniel Schmitt, the site's German spokesman, announced his withdrawal, citing conflict with Assange over strategy and style. Schmitt had also called for Assange to temporarily step aside to deal with the allegations against him in Sweden.

"Julian Assange has reacted to each criticism with the accusation that I was refusing to obey and disloyal to the project," Schmitt told Spiegel.

"Four weeks ago he suspended me - a single person as prosecutor, judge and executioner."

Even without such controversial background, the debate on Thursday should prove an interesting clash. Aaronovitch is author of Voodoo Histories, a book debunking many of the web's most-repeated conspiracy theories. Assange meanwhile perceives shadowy forces working against him, including over the rape allegations, which he has attributed to "dirty tricks" by enemies such as the Pentagon.

The Register understands that Assange plans to appear in person, despite suggestions he could be arrested by British police on behalf of the US. Details of the event are here. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.