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WikiLeaks sets up firm in Iceland

Whistle-blowing organisation WikiLeaks has set up a private limited company in Iceland for administrative purposes as part of a move to restructure its global operations, a spokesman said.

The body is also establishing legal entities in Sweden and France, spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said, as bases from which to carry out tasks such as opening bank accounts.

He stressed that the moves do not mean WikiLeaks is trying to make a profit.

"If people think we at WikiLeaks are setting up companies in order to profit from its operations, I would like to assure them that this is not the case," Mr Hrafnsson said.

The international anti-secrecy group has drawn global headlines - and outrage in some quarters - by publishing highly sensitive, classified material on its website.

It angered the Pentagon when it posted half a million secret Iraq and Afghanistan war files earlier this year, and the group is also believed to have another 15,000 Afghan war field reports, 260,000 diplomatic cables and US video of casualties in Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks has set up as a private limited company called Sunshine Press Productions in Iceland, Mr Hrafnsson said, because it was a simpler procedure there than establishing a non-profit organisation.

The company was registered at the home of one of WikiLeaks' employees in Iceland.

He said WikiLeaks already operates as a legal entity in Australia, but could not confirm whether it runs there as a company or as a non-profit organisation.


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