Julian Paul Assange is an Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist. He is known as the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, which publishes submissions of secret information, news .
In The Fifth Estate, Bill Condon’s drama about the ascent of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange’s collaboration with newspapers such as The Guardian and the New York Times, opens in the UK today. In this clip, Assange and his team begin to feel negative ramifications from their actions, and blowback from their own media coverage.
july 2014 w/Amy Goodman:
50 min – the punishment is in the process
printing press taught people to read
internet teaching people how to write
25 min – whoa – reasons for unity – are for economics and defense…
friday, june 15, 2012
DID YOU HAVE AVE ANY IDEA? with Noam CHOMSKY from CaTV on Vimeo.
Julian Assange should be congratulated for carrying out the responsibilities of a citizen in democratic societies, where the population should be aware of what their selected representatives are doing and planning.
The Wikileaks revelations have surely advanced such awareness and understanding, and are a valuable contribution for that reason.
6/15/12 6:31 AM
This @tommysollen guy is being VERY silent on Assange as curator of @Sweden, though he makes the decisions.
6/15/12 6:32 AM
“@dougsymington: RT @peter_tonoli A Skype call in Ethiopia will now get you 15 years in prisonbit.ly/Krt1yR” the future?
8/29/13 6:37 AM
New interview with Julian #Assange on his senate run next week australiantimes.co.uk/feature/interv… join/donate: wikileaksparty.org.au
WikiLeaks ‘the organisation’ has long had a reputation for advocating institutional transparency and the free flow of information, with scant regard for the laws that may or may not exist to prevent this. There now seems to be a new focus on bringing the movement’s ideology into the mainstream through political participation. Many have queried whether this attempted metamorphosis of WikiLeaks from anarchist challenger to legitimate political movement can work in practice. Is there not an inherent conflict in trying to be part of the very machinery of government you’ve spent years challenging?“Not at all,” says Assange. “In fact I think they are complementary.”It is not the goal to disable government, but to improve it by creating greater accountability.“You would think that one of the two major parties in seeking to gain extra electoral advantage would make it an issue, but because they have other loyalties, they’re too scared to do that,” says Assange
9/6/14 7:03 AM
Google head: “the mix of activism and arrogance in young people is universal” praguepost.com/142-culture/41…
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rereading google is not what it seems.. via sept 25 tweet
For a man of systematic intelligence, Schmidt’s politics—such as I could hear from our discussion—were surprisingly conventional, even banal. He grasped structural relationships quickly, but struggled to verbalize many of them, ..I found Cohen a good listener, but a less interesting thinker, possessed of that relentless conviviality that routinely afflicts career generalists and Rhodes scholars. ….Shields was quiet for much of the conversation, taking notes, humoring the bigger egos around the table while she got on with the real work.[..]Three days after he visited me at Ellingham Hall, Jared Cohen flew to Ireland to direct the “Save Summit,” an event cosponsored by Google Ideas and the Council on Foreign Relations. Gathering former inner-city gang members, right-wing militants, violent nationalists, and “religious extremists” from all over the world together in one place, the event aimed to workshop technological solutions to the problem of “violent extremism.”19 What could go wrong?Cohen’s world seems to be one event like this after another: endless soirees for the cross-fertilization of influence between elites and their vassals, under the pious rubric of “civil society.” …….The fable has it that the boundaries of this sector are respected by actors from government and the “private sector,” leaving a safe space for NGOs and nonprofits to advocate for things like human rights, free speech, and accountable government.This sounds like a great idea. But if it was ever true, it has not been for decades. Since at least the 1970s, authentic actors like unions and churches have folded under a sustained assault by free-market statism, transforming “civil society” into a buyer’s market for political factions and corporate interests looking to exert influence at arm’s length. The last forty years has seen a huge proliferation of think tanks and political NGOs whose purpose, beneath all the verbiage, is to execute political agendas by proxy.It is not just obvious neocon front groups like Foreign Policy Initiative.20 It also includes fatuous Western NGOs like Freedom House, where naïve but well-meaning career nonprofit workers are twisted in knots by political funding streams, denouncing non-Western human rights violations while keeping local abuses firmly in their blind spots. The civil society conference circuit—which flies developing-world activists across the globe hundreds of times a year to bless the unholy union between “government and private stakeholders” at geopoliticized events like the “Stockholm Internet Forum”—simply could not exist if it were not blasted with millions of dollars in political funding annually.
[..]Schmidt fits exactly where he is: the point where the centrist, liberal, and imperialist tendencies meet in American political life. By all appearances, Google’s bosses genuinely believe in the civilizing power of enlightened multinational corporations, and they see this mission as continuous with the shaping of the world according to the better judgment of the “benevolent superpower.” They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them. This is the impenetrable banality of “don’t be evil.” They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem/
This was one of many bold assertions made by Schmidt and Cohen in their book, ….By the time it came out, I had formally sought and received political asylum from the government of Ecuador, and taken refuge in its embassy in London. …Online I noticed the press hum excitedly about Schmidt and Cohen’s book, giddily ignoring the explicit digital imperialism of the title and the conspicuous string of pre-publication endorsements from famous warmongers like Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Bill Hayden and Madeleine Albright on the back.
nov 2015 – interview with Scott Ludlam
@wikileaksUK govt has spent more spying on Assange in London than its ‘human rights’ budget for every country in the world archive.is/7Urmw#selectio…
Julian (same video that has pic of paul on front) starts at 2:16
2:18 – correlation between all the leaks..
2:23 – having studied the reality of power.. i have a mixed view about the power of democracy.. by defn.. except when everyone comes together and through number have power.. it’s the elites that have power… so to significantly shift a society.. culturally.. it’s not nearly enough to simply call on majority of people or ed majority of people.. not is it simply enough.. to stick flowers in guns..also necessary to fragment and produce internal friction.. to weaken the effectiveness of their rule
or.. gershenfeld something else law.. give them too.. something else to do..
2:27 – message running through this conf.. what happened to the arab spring.. well now called arab winter.. what can you say about this.. is it the case that the population should not have been educated in that way .. and that wikileaks should have taken some god’s eye view.. well what happened: had peaceful revolt.. swiftly major geopolitical players became involved.. took advantage of moment and increased amount of conflict.. so those existing forces of hard power/intelligence adapted eventually to the new political/social dynamic.. and grabbed it and twisted it toward their own purposes… parallel here.. what happens to noble software efforts.. which are then grabbed by google/nsa to run world wide server network…
2:34 – wikileaks is a library of more than 11 million persecuted documents.. we find docs that are threatened.. that powerful orgs are trying to keep from entering into our common historical record.. and we give them sanctuary and make them available for everyone to use.. as library has greatest ongoing impact… not so much educating but marketing… ie: all the papers/cases… that have come out of it.. that have set people free… that same type of smaller process is engaged
2:46 – madrid city… demanding govts of us uk obey un decision….
John Pilger (@johnpilger) tweeted at 5:54 AM – 4 Mar 2019 :
Julian Assange’s crime has been to make sense of dark times. @wikileaks has an impeccable record of accuracy & authenticity which no newspaper, no TV channel, no radio station… can equal. Indeed, it shames them. https://t.co/QgllLELPbx (http://twitter.com/johnpilger/status/1102552826054615041?s=17)
Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) tweeted at 5:24 AM – 11 Apr 2019 :
#BREAKING: Julian Assange has been arrested on a U.S. extradition request, his lawyer says; U.S. arrest warrant against Assange was issued in December 2017 for conspiracy in relation to whistleblower Chelsea Manning https://t.co/4B5vnlea2s(http://twitter.com/AmichaiStein1/status/1116300885376798725?s=17)
Jen Robinson (@suigenerisjen) tweeted at 5:18 AM – 11 Apr 2019 :
From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning @xychelsea in early 2010. (http://twitter.com/suigenerisjen/status/1116299419694059520?s=17)
John Pilger (@johnpilger) tweeted at 4:25 AM on Thu, Apr 11, 2019:
The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists.
The weakness of the US charge against Assange is shocking. The allegation he tried (and failed?) to help crack a password during their world-famous reporting has been public for nearly a decade: it is the count Obama’s DOJ refused to charge, saying it endangered journalism. https://t.co/xdTQ8xauB0
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1116336550873317377
Assange is loathsome but this is very bad https://t.co/3AvQ9X75KL
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/1116306158854316033
On our third hand, perhaps this would not have happened if Julian hadn’t spent years being a bumptious asshole to his Ecuadorian hosts
On the fourth hand, the only good thing Assange ever did in his life was publish Chelsea Manning’s whistleblowing. Chelsea is stlll in jail and desperately needs your support