Finers lawyers advising on WikiLeaks case allege US Government scrutiny
Finers Stephens Innocent partner Mark Stephens, the lawyer representing WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, has claimed that members of the "security services" are watching him and that there have been violations of attorney-client privilege, reports The Am Law Daily. Assange has threatened to unleash a "thermonuclear device" of completely uncensored and highly damaging government files should he be arrested or killed. City media lawyer Stephens, who has in the past acted for a raft of high-profile clients including Salman Rushdie, claims to have the 256-bit encryption key necessary to release the full version of a file of 250,000 confidential US Department of State records that include the names of spies, sources and soldiers.
Correction, 9/12/10 – In our Legal Week Daily News Alert of 7 December 2010 a report on Legal Week incorrectly stated that Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent LLP claimed that he was in possession of an encryption key providing access to unreleased material held by the Wikileaks website and that he would release it should Mr Julian Assange be returned to Sweden. We accept that the allegation is entirely untrue and we are happy to withdraw it. Furthermore, we apologise unreservedly to Mr Stephens.
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