JERUSALEM - WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange said on Israeli television on Sunday that he was taking security precautions following the release of nearly 400,000 secret US military documents on the Iraq war.

'No, I'm not running for my life, but we do have to take extra security precautions,' Mr Assange told Channel Two television in an interview that took place in London. The Israeli channel reported that Mr Assange was accompanied by bodyguards during the interview.

The mass of US documents from 2004 to 2009 released by WikiLeaks on Friday offer a grim snapshot of the Iraq conflict, especially of the abuse of civilians by Iraqi security forces.

'Just yesterday, in fact, the former general counsel of the CIA said that it was his view was that the US was trying to get me personally and possibly some other people into the US jurisdiction, and that corresponds to former statements made by the Pentagon,' Mr Assange told Channel Two.

On Friday, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said before the material was made public: 'We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world, including our enemies.' Asked whether the WikiLeaks revelations could be of use to Osama bin Laden, Mr Assange told the Israeli broadcaster that he was not privy to the thoughts of the Al-Qaeda chief.

'I do not have access to Osama bin Laden's thoughts. Many people want the truth out, insofar as Al-Qaeda wants the truth out, they are correct,' he said.

Assange taking precautions