WikiLeaks sets up limited company in Iceland
Founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, poses prior to a press conference in London, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. (AP / Lennart Preiss)
Published Saturday, November 13, 2010 11:43AM EST
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks says it has set up a private limited company in Iceland for administrative purposes.
Spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson says the organization is undergoing restructuring and will also establish legal entities in Sweden and France. He says WikiLeaks already operates as a legal entity in Australia, but cannot confirm whether it runs there as a company or as a non-profit organization.
Hrafnsson says WikiLeaks needs to set up bases in different countries to carry out tasks such as opening bank accounts. He stressed Saturday that the move does not mean WikiLeaks is trying to profit from its operations.
The controversial international anti-secrecy group drew worldwide attention when it posted 500,000 secret Iraq and Afghanistan war files this year.