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WikiLeaks Founder Says He Faces Aggressive U.S. Investigation

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside Ellingham Hall, the home of his friend, journalist Vaughan Smith, in Norfolk.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he and his organization face an aggressive investigation by U.S. authorities after the website released thousands of secret documents.

Assange was speaking today, one day after a British court released him on bail pending an extradition hearing over charges of sexual assault in Sweden.

"We don't know what the ground of that investigation is," Assange said. "In fact, like the Swedish investigation, the whole damn thing is kept secret."

Assange denied any knowledge of the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who is accused of providing WikiLeaks with a quarter-million classified U.S. cables.

He and his lawyers have rejected the allegations against him of sex crimes as part of a smear campaign and have voiced fears that U.S. prosecutors might be preparing to indict him for espionage.

Australian police today announced that WikiLeaks did not commit any criminal offense in the country by releasing the documents.

Australian police were ordered to investigate WikiLeaks because Australia is Assange's home country.

compiled from agency reports