Julian Assange. Hero, villain? We don’t know but he is -or he was- one of the most influential men in the last few years. Let’s listen him, let’s listen to Julian Assange
1.- Your Own Rules: You can either be informed and your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you.
2.- Encryption: In my role as Wikileaks editor, I’ve been involved in fighting off many legal attacks. To do that, and keep our sources safe, we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything, and move telecommunications and people around the world to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions.
3.- Prison: When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like.
4.- About Intelligence agencies: Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.
5.- About Journalism: If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.
6.- About legal and political attacks: We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it – which is sometimes something that’s quite hard to do, when you’re talking about giant databases of information – release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks.
7.- Censorship: I saw that publishing all over the world was deeply constrained by self-censorship, economics and political censorship, while the military-industrial complex was growing at a tremendous rate, and the amount of information that it was collecting about all of us vastly exceeded the public imagination.
8.- Journalism and Science: Journalism should be more like science. As far as possible, facts should be verifiable. If journalists want long-term credibility for their profession, they have to go in that direction. Have more respect for readers.
9.- Knowledge: Knowledge has always flowed upwards to bishops and kings, not down to serfs and slaves.
10.- Industrial espionage: We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage.
11.- Media Manipulation: The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance.