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The War on Whistleblowers and Their Publishers: Greenwald, Assange, O’Brien, Coombs at Sydney Opera House

In Archive, Assange, Manning, NSA, Snowden, WikiLeaks on September 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The War on Whistleblowers & Their Publishers



US Journalist and activist Alexa O’Brien and Australian commentator Robert Manne are joined by video conference with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Guardian Journalist Glenn Greenwald and Chelsea Manning’s Lawyer David Coombs on stage at the Sydney Opera House (moderated by Bernard Keane of Crikey).

Powerful governments are waging a war on whistleblowers and those involved in publishing their material. Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, Manning has been convicted of espionage and is awaiting sentencing, and Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador but cannot step outside its London Embassy. It’s clear that the actions of whistleblowers and their publishers – ‘traitors’ as they are known to some – have come at a significant personal cost, and while the human drama of these stories is engrossing, the focus should be on the very real issues they’ve raised: surveillance, press freedom, privacy, secrecy, and accountability.

The roles of governments and corporations in the future of the internet, and their use and abuse of data, have been put under the global spotlight. In the wake of Manning, Snowden and Wikileaks, we finally have the scope to properly debate the need for government transparency and the trade-off between privacy and security.

Watch our expert panel discuss the implications of the war on whistleblowers for the main actors, and the consequences if that war is lost for the rest of us.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (+ Annotated Transcript Released by WikiLeaks)

In Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, WikiLeaks on June 10, 2013 at 4:19 AM


WikiLeaks Annotated Transcript

Julian Assange on Real Time w/ Bill Maher (FULL INTERVIEW)

In Big Brother, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, News, Police State, Politics, Science & Technology, Viral Videos, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM


Bill sits down with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for an exclusive interview.

WikiLeaks Releases Assange Speech Oxford Union Censored By Removing “Collateral Murder” Footage

In Bradley Manning, Censorship, Julian Assange, News, Other Leaks, Viral Videos, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM


Oxford Union delayed uploading Julian Assange’s Sam Adams Awards speech, first editing out the original background which was the WikiLeaks’ “Collateral Murder” video, and replacing it with the Union’s logo.

Today, WikiLeaks released Assange’s speech with the original background on their YouTube channel.

Confirmed: Assange Will Run for Australian Senate in 2013

In Australia, Australia, Julian Assange, News, Politics, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in 2013, it has been confirmed on Wednesday. It is not yet clear how he will escape from London’s Ecuadorean embassy.

WikiLeaks representative Kristinn Hrafnsson confirmed to RT that Julian Assange will run for a seat in the Australian Senate.

A native of Australia’s Queensland state, Assange said in March last year that he wanted to “bring liberty back to the center of Australian politics.” His Senate candidacy will help him defend free speech and the “right of citizens… to live their lives free from state interference,” he explained.

After taking political asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London in June, Assange expressed interest in the senate seat in December, when he said that he would run as a candidate as part of a yet-to-be-formed WikiLeaks party. He also called on to his supporters to stand with him.

Assange is expected to run on a WikiLeaks party ticket; If he cannot physically make it to the Senate, his seat will be taken by his running mate, the WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Assange’s mother Christine has confirmed her son’s senate candidacy: “He will be awesome,” she told AAP News. She added that currently, Australians can only choose between the two major parties in the country’s legislature, which she called “US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two.”

“It will be great to ‘Assange’ the senate for some Aussie oversight,” Christine Assange said.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced earlier in the day that the country’s national elections will be held on September 14.

Assange may not be able to be physically present at the Australian senate as he remains holed up in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in order to avoid extradition to Sweden. Stockholm has called for Assange to be questioned in the presence of those who made the sex crime allegations. This has raised concerns from Assange’s lawyers that the WikiLeaks found could then be extradited again to the US upon arriving in Sweden.

If extradited to the US, Assange will likely face trial for the release of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables. It was revealed in September last year that US authorities had declared Assange and WikiLeaks to be enemies of the state.

Via RT

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