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Wikileaks founder says Edward Snowden disclosures will not be stopped

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that irrespective of the outcome regarding the situation of Edward Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee, his information about US surveillance programmes will continue to be released.

Assange told ABC News that there is no stopping the publishing process at this stage.

"Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr Snowden can’t be pressured by any state to stop the publication process," he explained.

Assange noted that the USA, by cancelling Snowden’s passport, has left him stuck in Russia.

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He said: "I think that every citizen has the right to their citizenship. To take someone’s principal component of citizenship, their passport, away from them is a disgrace. Mr Snowden has not been convicted of anything. There are no international warrants out for his arrest. To take a passport from a young man in a difficult situation like that is a disgrace."

Last month, Snowden leaked the Prism programme details to the Guardian and the Washington Post.

Snowden, who is believed to be in Moscow, denied allegations that he was a spy for China and said he had no contact with the Chinese government.

The US warned countries in the Western Hemisphere that Snowden may travel to their countries or take asylum and urged them not to allow the ex-spy agency contractor to proceed in further international travel, unless it is to the USA.

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