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WikiLeaks' Assange confirmed US cables deal on napkin: LONDON - WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange... #FreeAssangeNow

LONDON - WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange confirmed a deal to release over 250,000 US diplomatic cables by scribbling on a napkin, extracts from a new biography revealed on Tuesday. Two journalists from Britain's Guardian newspaper, Ian Traynor and Nick Davies, negotiated for six hours with Assange in a Belgian cafe as they strove to be the first publication allowed access to the leaked cables, the book claimed. Passages from WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy, published in Tuesday's Guardian, revealed how Mr Traynor, the paper's European editor, was informed of a deal in an unusual fashion. 'Julian whipped out this mini-laptop, opened it up and did something on his computer,' Mr Traynor recalled. 'He picked up a napkin and said, 'Okay you've got it'. 'We said: 'Got what?' He said: 'You've got the whole file. The password is this napkin'.' I was stunned. We ...

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