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The founder of the controversial website, WikiLeaks, is being recognized by an Australian human rights group. Julian Assange's site is known for publishing secret government documents and communications between officials of different nations from around the world.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accepted an award at the Frontline Club in London on Tuesday. It was presented by the Sydney Peace Foundation.
It awarded him the gold medal of honor for what it calls his "exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights."
Assange's Web site, WikiLeaks, has made headlines for posting confidential diplomatic communications between countries... and exposes secret, and often controversial, communications between governments.
[Mary Kostakidis, Chair, Sydney Peace Foundation]:
"It is my great, great pleasure to present you with the Sydney peace medal, for your conviction that truth matters and that justice depends on it. And for your courage, leadership and tenacity in journalism and publishing."
The organization says the award was made in recognition for the need for greater transparency and accountability of governments.
Assange, who is currently fighting extradition to Sweden on sex allegations, was not able to travel to Sydney to accept his honor due to his strict bail conditions.
[Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder]:
"The real value of this award from the Sydney Peace Foundation is that it makes implicit the link between peace and justice. It does not take the safe, feel good option of shunning controversy by uttering platitudes. Instead it goes into difficult terrain by identifying organizations or individuals who are directly engaged in struggles of one kind or another."
He used the occasion to issue his trademark swipe at the mainstream media.