“We will not condemn a nation to a dictatorship just because we are scared of a certain annoying middle-class squeamishness in the United Kingdom,” Assange said. U.S. authorities are investigating whether Assange and WikiLeaks violated U.S. laws by releasing tens of thousands of secret government documents, including daily logs from the Iraq war and classified diplomatic cables from U.S. missions around the world. U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is in a military prison, accused of being the source of many of the documents WikiLeaks has published. Assange, 39, was released on bail in Britain as he fights extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual molestation against two women. He denies all charges and has appealed an extradition order, arguing that he cannot get a fair trial in Sweden. Britain’s High Court will hear the appeal next month. He flew to and from the Welsh border town of Hay by helicopter from a supporter’s mansion in eastern England, more than 200 miles (300 kilometers) away. He has to observe a nighttime curfew as part of his bail conditions. Assange has been working with a ghostwriter on a lucrative memoir. The book was due to appear in April, but British publisher Canongate postponed it at the last minute. Assange said the book would appear “when it’s ready.” Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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