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In early October, the White House announced a series of measures to guard U.S. government computer networks and classified material against leaks _ including the creation of a special committee to coordinate information sharing and to ensure confidentiality.

But Dave Winer, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, said that the spirit of WikiLeaks would live on whatever happened to the group _ or to Assange.

“The technology that made WikiLeaks possible is not going away,” he said.

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Harold Heckle in Madrid and Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this report.