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WikiLeaks Founder Divides Opinion, Sparks Debate

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (file photo)
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (file photo)

WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. government cables has angered politicians, emboldened free speech supporters and unleashed hackers onto websites of companies and individuals they believe oppose the site's founder Julian Assange.  He is currently in a London jail in connection with allegations of rape and sexual molestation made by two women in Sweden.

For the past few months, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been in Britain, staying at a private facility used mainly by journalists.  Vaughn Smith who owns the club says 96 percent of his membership supported having Assange here.  Smith was with Assange when he turned himself in to British Police.

"I do not think that he is a man of steel, I think he is a man of resolve, but a man but just like you or I would be very frightened going to jail," said Smith.

WikiLeaks disclosure of classified government information has polarized opinion and sparked debate about what the public needs to know.  In public, Assange has appeared cold and aloof.

"In general, that façade of arrogant superiority is underlaid by great insecurity,"said Jerrold Post, a psychology professor at George Washington University. "This is a man who moved 37 times before he was 14 years old""

Post says he can not make a diagnosis of Assange because he has never met him.  But he says Assange's behavior appears clinically narcissistic.

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