WikiLeaks might move to Switzerland
January 10th, 2011 - 10:51 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
WikiLeaks is still considering moving its operations to Switzerland, where its site is currently hosted, its founder Julian Assange has told Swiss media. Two French-language newspapers, Tribune de Genève and 24 Heures, published on Monday what they described as an exclusive interview with Mr Assange. He is currently in Britain where he faces extradition hearings in connection with rape charges against him in Sweden.
“Switzerland is a possibility, and our main domain name is a .ch,” Mr Assange told the interviewers. “Despite strong pressure, the Switch company, which manages domain names [in Switzerland] has held out.” But he made it clear that nothing had been decided, and said Australia was also being considered. Assange first mentioned the possibility of moving to Switzerland back in November in an interview with Swiss television.
He denied rumours that he had requested political asylum in Switzerland, but said he was banned under the terms of his release on bail from saying whether he intended to do so. Mr Assange is currently confined to a manor house in the English county of Suffolk, but has to report to the local police every day. He is under curfew and has to wear an electronic tag.
However, he said WikiLeaks was continuing to function more or less normally. He has some of his staff with him, although he was not allowed to say how many. “I would say the pressure strengthens my determination,” he said. “But financially it is a different matter. We have been losing more than SFr600,000 ($622,000) a week since we started publishing the diplomatic cables. If we are to continue our activities, we will have to get that money back one way or another.”
Mr Assange is due to appear in court on Tuesday to fix the date of the extradition hearings.