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U.S. denies attacking Wikileaks

The U.S. State Department has denied asking other countries to open criminal investigations into Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.
Written by Declan McCullagh, Contributor on

The U.S. State Department has denied asking other countries to open criminal investigations into Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.

"We have not approached any country to encourage them to do anything," Philip Crowley, assistant secretary of state, said Wednesday. The main Wikileaks.org Web site is located in Sweden. Crowley acknowledged that U.S. officials have "had conversations with a variety of countries" about Wikileaks, but said those discussions were limited to expressing "concerns that we've had."

That conflicts with a report earlier this week on TheDailyBeast.com, which said the Obama administration is "pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations" into Assange and to limit his ability to travel freely.

For more on this story, read U.S. denies asking other nations to attack Wikileaks on CNET News.

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