Wikileaks founder hunted at US event

US federal agents appeared at a hacker conference in New York on Friday morning looking for Julian Assange, the controversial figure who has become the public face of Wikileaks, an organiser said.

Eric Corley, publisher of 2600 Magazine and organiser of The Next HOPE conference in mid-town Manhattan, said five Homeland Security agents appeared at the conference a day before Wikileaks editor in chief Assange was scheduled to speak.

The conference program listed Assange — who has been at the centre of a maelstrom of positive and negative publicity relating to the arrest of a US serviceman and videos the serviceman may have provided to the document-sharing site — as speaking at 1pm ET on Saturday.