WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has harshly criticized calls by the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security committee to enforce an embargo against the controversial organization.
Assange said he believes that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is wrong and seeks only to stifle “the truth” by boycotting the group.
“King wants to put a Cuban style trade embargo around the truth – forced on US citizens at the point of a gun,” said Assange.
“It is time to cut through the bluster. There is no allegation by the US government or any other party, that WikiLeaks has hurt anyone, at any time during its four-year publishing history, as a result of anything it has published.”
The WikiLeaks founder also mocked accusations that his organization was equivalent to a terrorist group.
“[Sure], WikiLeaks has ‘terrorized’ politicians from Kenya to Kansas over the last four years. Quite a few have lost office as a result.
“[Still], that doesn’t mean we are ‘terrorists’ – it means we doing our job. We intend to ‘terrorize’ Peter King, Hillary Clinton, corrupt CEOs and all the rest for many years to come, because that is what the people of the world demand.”
King, however, vehemently disagreed and called for WikiLeaks to be effectively “strangled.”
“The US government simply cannot continue its ineffective piecemeal approach of responding in the aftermath of Wikileaks’ damage. The Administration must act to disrupt the Wikileaks enterprise.
“[Yes], the government should be making every effort to strangle the viability of Assange’s organization.”
(Via The Hill)