User:Ajp491/Julian Assange reveals contact with NSA whistleblower

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{{tasks|mos|re-review}}{{stale}} Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
Image: Espen Moe.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed on last night's Lateline that he has had 'indirect' contact with former US CIA agent and PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden.

"We have had indirect communication with his people." Assange told Lateline.

"I don't think it's appropriate at this time that I go into further details. But let's look at the case and let's look at what he's revealed." Said Assange.

Last week Edward Snowden made public several incriminating documents that revealed information on the methods the US National Security Agency (NSA) uses to collect information from the internet, as well as a secret government program called PRISM.

Snowden revealed that these programs have been routinely collecting the phone logs of millions of people without obtaining any court warrants, as well as accessing vast amounts of user data from U.S.-based internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Skype.

"I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in," Snowden told the Guardian.

"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them." Said Snowden.

Assange has praised Snowden's actions, and has encouraged the Australian government to reveal any links it has with the programs.

"We must ask the question, and the Australian Government must answer the question: how many Australians have been intercepted?" Assange told Lateline last night.

"Are there collection points in Australia? Have Australian companies been a part of this having their information sucked out to the United States?" Said Assange.

Assange is is currently in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as he fights extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for alleged sexual assault charges, while Snowden has fled to Hong Kong after the intense political controversy he stirred in the days after the documents were release.

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