WikiLeaks' Julian Assange interested in publishing drone attack details

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London August 18, 2014. Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building "soon", without giving further details. Reuters/John Stillwell/pool

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed that the group has not released any information that can help the Islamic State group but emphasised that he would not pass up an opportunity to publish drone attacks information in Syria if available. Furthermore, the Australian said that poor media coverage is one of the reasons the terror organisation grew as it is at present.
 
Assange's statement came following the announcement of British Prime Minister David Cameron about the killing of British ISIS Reyaad Khan. The Royal Air Force drone killed the individual in Syria last August. Cameron maintained that the strike was more of an act of self-defence rather than an attack. He also said that Khan was connected to "barbaric" attacks in Britain.
 
Assange then told Channel 4 that he would like to release drone strike details if possible: "Absolutely. We would have to see the actual material. We get together a bunch of experts and publishers and publish it."
 
He added, "We will occasionally redact parts on human rights grounds but only for a limited period of time."
 
He also stressed that they have not released anything to support grounds that they have helped the terror group. He pointed out that the failure of the press to cover the events in Syria contributed to the rise of the IS. As he put it: "That's a very, very serious phenomenon."
 
Assange reiterated the current intelligence situation, saying that it has been a disaster. "The intelligence agencies have run amok, military supplies have run amok, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Turkey have run amok and as a result we now have the Islamic State, where we have incredible refugee flows, a human rights catastrophe."
 
Drone strikes in Syria have been getting attention for the past days. The Guardian published a series of legal and moral concerns as well as thoughts on the matter, with some stressing the implications of such attacks including terrorist ideology.
 
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