WikiLeaks: Assange's arrest won't stop group

Spokesman says arrest will not derail the release of more secret documents

Published December 7, 2010 11:31AM (EST)

The spokesman for WikiLeaks says founder Julian Assange's arrest is an attack on media freedom and that it won't prevent the organization from spilling secrets on the web.

Kristinn Hrafnsson declined Tuesday to comment on Assange's state of mind prior to the arrest but confirmed he has been in touch with the 39-year-old Australian over the past 24 hours. He says the arrest will not derail the release of more secret documents.

Hrafnsoon tells the AP that "this will not change our operation."

Assange was arrested at 9:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) Tuesday and was due to appear at Westminster Magistrate's Court later in the day.

He had been hiding out at an undisclosed location in Britain since WikiLeaks began publishing U.S. diplomatic cables last week.

By Associated Press

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