In an online chat hosted by the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, he also said that no one has been harmed by his organization’s release of troves of secret documents.
“WikiLeaks has a four-year publishing history. During that time there has been no credible allegation, even by organizations like the Pentagon, that even a single person has come to harm as a result of our activities,” Assange said in response to a reader’s question. “This is despite much-attempted manipulation and spin trying to lead people to a counter-factual conclusion. We do not expect any change in this regard.”
“The threats against our lives are a matter of public record, however, we are taking the appropriate precautions to the degree that we are able when dealing with a superpower,” Assange was quoted as saying.
Answering questions online, Assange also said that anyone making threats against his life should be charged with incitement to murder.
Asked if he has ever been forwarded documents dealing with UFOs or extraterrestrials, Assange responded, “Many weirdos e-mail us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-Christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules: 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original.
“However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the Cablegate archive, there are indeed references to UFOs.”
Britain’s Guardian is one of a number of newspapers around the world with early access to diplomatic cables seen by WikiLeaks.
The whereabouts of Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, are unknown, but some reports have said he is believed to be in southern England.