By Gautham Nagesh - 06/22/10 03:04 PM EDT
Assange said Wikileaks has hired three lawyers to defend Manning, who is currently being held in Kuwait. But he said the lawyers have not had access to Manning, who has been assigned military counsel instead.
Assange also said he believes his own notoriety provides him with some protection.
"Some fear for my life. I'm not one of them. We have to avoid some countries, avoid travel, until we know where the political arrow is pointing."