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Julian Assange on 60 Minutes 9 March 2011

Freedom of Speech.

Your Word is Your Wand, as they say: Only days ago, I put up a post entitled “Remember Julian Assange”, because we have not heard too much about his situation over the past few weeks, what with the Christchurch earthquake, and the Libyan crisis dominating the news. And lo and behold – good old 60 Minutes comes to the fore:

Mike McRoberts Presents 60 Minutes

WE ARE TRUE PRESS ACTIVISTS, says Julian Assange.

Thankyou, Mike McRoberts and TV3 for giving us this rare interview with Julian Assange on New Zealand TV3.

Since Julian Assange’s house arrest earlier in the year, he has not had the opportunity to challenge the negative hype which the media has created about him. .

It is preposterous that he is under arrest at all: He is being held in the U.K. for a crime which he is alleged to have done in Sweden, yet he still has not been formally charged with anything. Julian Assange swears he has done nothing wrong.

Governments seem to have collaborated so that they can silence him:

No word on their admission of guilt. Instead, they have attacked the messenger of their crimes, Julian Assange. But if they have committed crimes, then we should know about them, and the guilty people should be as accountable as the rest of us in society, you would think. And this is what Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks team think.

It is very convenient for the USA government, the military, and all governments who have anything to hide, to assume that Julian Assange is guilty of some spurious crime, and have the world think that he is guilty, as this assumption apparently excuses their hijacking of Julian Assange. Hijacking Julian Assange has silenced the whistle-blower, hopefully not for the long term.

The charges of sexual misconduct are obviously invented so that he gets extradited, first to Sweden, and from there, to the USA, where authorities want to have him silenced for publishing some documents which have revealed their government’s war crimes.

Under house arrest, Julian Assange gets to live in a beautiful country estate, but he has no freedom: A 10 p.m. curfew operates; he has no internet access, and restricted mobility. His movements are electronically monitored.

The American government has placed him in the villain’s chair, and the media, in many cases, have followed suit all around the world. They have already ‘tried’ him for crimes which he has not committed.

An article a couple of weeks ago simply quoted the mean and ridiculous things which someone had said about Julian Assange – personal slants on the man. According to one writer, he deserved no more attention than a hippie who needed a bath, in one account I read.

This stuff is designed to discredit him and the work of WikiLeaks: By repeatedly publishing stuff in newspapers and on television which paints a picture of a ‘paranoid’, deranged, anti-social, unclean, and ‘difficult’ person, the public is quietly being groomed into believing that he should not be taken seriously, that he is a nutter without a good cause. This is deliberate, so that people might be of the persuasion that he does not count, so that we lose interest in following his case. So that we let him die a quiet death, they hope.

No – That is not what we want. The more Julian Assange is silenced, the more we must fight and complain all the louder, for his freedom, for freedom of speech, and for the transparency of government which he is campaigning for.

So it is good to have this coverage of Julian Assange speaking to a reporter on 60 Minutes. Anyone who watched this interview could see Julian Assange as he really is:

a sincere, articulate, dedicated, and true, press activist. Let’s hope that he will be interviewed more often , until he is finally freed.

Let’s hope the United States government acts in a truly Christian, honest and honourable way, freeing him without harm, and allowing the work of WikiLeaks to continue.

Julian Assange was asked if he believed that governments should have no secrets.

The answer was NO. OF COURSE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD HAVE SECRETS. BUT WHEN ABUSE OCCURS, THEN YOU MUST HAVE THE CONDUIT TO GET THAT INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. WE ARE THAT CONDUIT…….He is talking about Wikileaks, of course.

He stated emphatically that he is not out to undermine any government, only to publish abuse when it occurs, so that the public is informed.

The interviewer asked Julian Assange about his teenage years, and about the time he was arrested for computer hacking. Note – He was not charged over this incident, but was released by police.

Julian was only 20 years old at the time, and, as he said, it was almost a cultural thing for (clever) boys to show their skill in computers by ‘getting into’ sites. He compared this competitiveness to skate-boarders who show off their skills to each other, demonstrating their best tricks. Julian says that he became very adept in computer use at a very young age.

Julian Assange impresses us that it is important to dig out any abuse, anywhere in the world. If this information is given to WikiLeaks, then he will publish it.

WikiLeaks uses : “the raw material which helps towards creating a just society. Without it, we are just sailing in the dark”, he said.

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