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WikiLeaks continues to elicit reader mail

Each day sees more reader mail stacking up on the subject of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. As usual, reader opinions fall on either side of the argument.

Founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, speaks during a press conference in London, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010

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The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

Who is the man behind the WikiLeaks?

I was an American sailor and I am an American citizen. I support the man behind the WikiLeaks for bringing this information out. They are right for putting the truth out for the world to know. Hopefully this kind of open government can catch on and it will mean more peace through communication and understanding. -- Bruce , US

We will never know who is really behind Julian Assange. We live in the times of such disinformation that this is an enigmatic affair of our global village. -- Agatha , Canada

He should be as afraid of the US as when somebody blows the whistle on a drug baron or a mafia boss. -- Alberto , Great Britain

My opinion is that WikiLeaks is making a very constructive effort in promoting government by and for the people. -- Peter , US

This is obviously a sick man with a need to feel special and garner attention. He is probably paid off by Russia or China to make the US look bad, because we finally have an intelligent president, and these countries can't stand it. Bush didn't need WikiLeaks ... he screwed up on his own. Assange is easy to diffuse - just create 10 carbon copy WikiLeaks sites with fake data. Nobody will know who to believe, and [Assange] will not have as much interest in causing trouble anymore, because he will not feel special. -- Dan, US

Julian Assange is a hero and putting his life at risk for mankind and the survival of the species by way of information and awareness correction like a correction in the stock markets. Unfortunately he has awakened a giant bear, and it's coming after him, and his life will never be the same. He is a real warrior, not a faceless creature hiding behind created authority. -- Lien , Germany

In my opinion, Julian Assange should not be the target of any legal action. What is amazing is that Interpol has many real threats to humanity such as dictators like Fidel, Raul Castro and others. Please support a person who combats wrongdoing whatever the government affected. -- Liborio , Cuba

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Should the US prosecute Julian Assange?

No, Assange was only trying to show how much hypocrisy is in the world of diplomacy and military blunder. He should be praised for his courage. -- G., Canada

A lot of Americans have worked hard to repair relations with Germany after the Iraq war. I have reviewed the laws with several lawyers and it seems near impossible to prosecute Julian Assange at this time. He really set our collective efforts back several years. It's very disparaging to read the German newspapers lately, and my heart sinks how far these leaks have set our relations back. It's a sad day here in America to see my friends in Germany so upset. -- Stephen , US

Why? He didn't spy and he didn't steal. The information was passed on to WikiLeaks by an American citizen, and Assange accepted it. The US was caught with its pants down, and now it'll try every dirty trick in the book to find fault somewhere else ... except with itself. -- Vera , Germany

Compiled by Stuart Tiffen
Editor: Nancy Isenson

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