WikiLeaks’ German 2IC quits

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WikiLeaks’ German 2IC quits

“We've reached a dead-end.”

"Daniel Schmitt", the 32-year-old German spokesperson for WikiLeaks, has quit the organisation after his fallout with Australian founder Julian Assange.

"There are technical problems and no one to take care of them," Schmitt, who revealed his real name to be Daniel Domscheit-Berg, told German newspaper Der Spiegel.

Domscheit-Berg was unsure who was in control of the organisation anymore, he said, suggesting it was on the verge of imploding as Assange and the organisation continued to face challenges following its July release of 70,000 US military documents detailing the war in Afghanistan.

"It is no longer clear even to me who is actually making decisions and who is answerable to them," he said.

He said he was suspended four weeks ago, adding that Assange acted as the "acting as the prosecutor, judge and hangman in one person."

The continued pressure WikiLeaks and Assange faced had prevented it from restructuring itself, which meant that "not all of the work is being done correctly".

Domscheit-Berg told the online news site that the divisions had been caused by Assange's head-strong management style.

"Julian Assange reacted to any criticism with the allegation that I was disobedient to him and disloyal to the project," he said.

Earlier this month Wikileaks organiser and Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir had urged Assange to step down as a spokesperson for the organisation while he faced on-again off-again rape allegations in Sweden.

Domscheit-Berg, who admitted he had urged Assange to step down, was blocked from his WikiLeaks' email under Assange's orders, which he said had caused a backlog for those that he had worked with.

"I know that no one in our core team agreed with the move. But that doesn't seem to matter," he said.

Assange still faced allegations of rape in Sweden, but was recently cleared to depart the country if he wished.

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