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Assange ‘phoned White House to warn of risk’

Image copyright Julia Quenzler Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange tried to phone the White House to warn them unredacted files were about to be published online, a court has heard.Mr Assange is fighting extradition to the US to face trial over the leaking of classified US military documents.His lawyer dismissed claims he “knowingly” put lives at…

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Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange tried to phone the White House to warn them unredacted files were about to be published online, a court has heard.Mr Assange is fighting extradition to the US to face trial over the leaking of classified US military documents.His lawyer dismissed claims he “knowingly” put lives at risk by publishing the names of informants.He told Woolwich Crown Court that a book by the Guardian newspaper was to blame for the names being published.Those suggestions have been rejected by the Guardian. The claims came on the second day of the extradition hearing for Mr Assange, 48, who is accused of conspiring to hack into US military databases to acquire sensitive secret information, which was then published on the Wikileaks website.Lawyers for Mr Assange claim the US charges are politically motivated.Mark Summers QC, representing Mr Assange, told the hearing in London that Wikileaks had begun redacting a tranche of 250,000 leaked cables in November 2010, working with media partners around the world as well as the US government.He said that in February 2011 the Guardian published a book about Wikileaks which contained a password to the unredacted documents.He said it wasn’t until months later that it was discovered the password could be used to access the unredacted database, which was revealed by German news outlet Der Freitag on 25 August 2011.On that day, Mr Assange called the White House and asked to speak to then secretary of state Hillary Clinton “
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