JPost.com – December 23, 2010
WikiLeaks will release cables concerning Israel, the Second Lebanon War and the Mabhouh assassination in the next six months, its founder Julian Assange said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Wednesday.
Assange said only a small number of documents related to Israel have been published so far because newspapers in the West that had exclusive rights to publish the material were hesitant to publish sensitive information about Israel, the Qatari newspaper The Peninsula reported, citing the Al Jazeera interview.
“The Guardian, El-Pais and Le Monde have published only two percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France and Israel. Even The New York Times could not publish more due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the US,” he added.
He added that Israel had not tried to contact him, but that he is “sure Mossad is following our activities closely like Australia, Sweden and the CIA.”
When asked if the files related to Israel deal with the July 2006 war in Lebanon, Assange said, “Yes there is some information about that and these files were classified as top secret,” and added that there are also diplomatic files about how “Mossad agents used Australian, British and European passports to travel to Dubai.”
The Peninsula also quoted Assange telling Al Jazeera that some of the files regarding Mossad, of which he says there are 2,500, deal with “the role of Mossad in killing Lebanese military leader in Damascus by sniper bullets.”
Asked whether there were security service companies providing information to airports and monitoring passengers, Assange said, “There are some files about American and Israeli security companies that tried to intervene in certain areas. For example, in Brazil, the American embassy put some Israeli security companies during the Olympic Games. “