Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.— Julian Assange
The most remarkable Julian Assange quotes that will inspire your inner self
What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? I give private information on corporations to you for free, and I'm a villain. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he’s Man of the Year.
You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can't lead to a good conclusion.
There is nothing new in this world other than the history that you don't know yet.
If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.
One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.
We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying... I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards.
WikiLeaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than WikiLeaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian offshore stem-cell centers, former African kleptocrats, or the Pentagon.
Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.
Wikileaks is a mechanism to maximize the flow of information to maximize the amount of action leading to just reform.
Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism.
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.
What does censorship reveal? It reveals fear.
If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.
If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.
It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.
Dont shoot the messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths.
It is impossible to correct abuses unless we know that theyre going on.
Transparency in government leads to reduced corruption.
Cryptography is the ultimate form of non-violent direct action.
We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage.
Wikileaks has - we specialize in bringing the First Amendment to the world, and we were always very surprised one of our biggest battles would be trying to bring it to the United States under an Obama administration.
One of the best attributes of human beings is that they're adaptable;
one of the worst attributes of human beings is they are adaptable. They adapt and start to tolerate abuses, they adapt to being involved themselves in abuses, they adapt to adversity and they continue on.
There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination, in the response.
The penetration of society by the Internet and the penetration of the Internet by society is the best thing that has ever happened to global human civilisation.
The Obama administration has attempted to prosecute more journalists and journalistic sources under the same Espionage Act she was being investigated under in all previous presidencies combined.
Cryptography is the essential building block of independence for organisations on the internet, just like armies are the essential building blocks of states, because otherwise one state just takes over another.
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.
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.
WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.
The aim of Wikileaks is to achieve just reform around the world and do it through the mechanism of transparency.
Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.
The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.
Email says that no, it is the governments of Saudi and Qatar that have been funding ISIS.
Trump doesn't have one establishment, maybe with the exception of the Evangelicals, if you can call them an establishment, but banks, intelligence agencies, arms companies, big foreign money, are all united behind Hillary Clinton, and the media as well, media owners and even journalists themselves.
If you see the rhetoric from coming out of the Democrats is that they're pro-civil liberties, and an important part of civil liberties is respect for the First Amendment and the rule of law, and that has broken down under the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton was part of that process.
Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship.
Well, I mean, the real attack on truth is tabloid journalism in the United States.
The greater the power, the more need there is for transparency, because if the power is abused, the result can be so enormous. On the other hand, those people who do not have power, we mustn't reduce their power even more by making them yet more transparent.
My motivation for 20 years, for 10 years with WikiLeaks, has been to publish true information that is otherwise unsayable. So we're not in competition, if you like.
These megaleaks... They're an important phenomenon, and they're only going to increase.
Where they couldn't pick holes in our arguments they would drive horses and carriages through my character.
Libya, more than anyone else's war, was Hillary Clinton's war.
Barak Obama initially opposed it. Who was the person championing it? Hillary Clinton.
I made an asylum application to Ecuador in this embassy, because of the U.
S. extradition case, and the result was that after a month, I was successful in my asylum application. The embassy since then has been surrounded by police: quite an expensive police operation which the British government admits to spending more than £12.6 million.
Those who are repeatedly passive in the face of injustice soon find their character corroded.
[Let's talk about] Donald Trump. What does he represent in the American mind and in the European mind? He represents American white trash, [which Hillary Clinton called] 'deplorable and irredeemable'. It means from an establishment or educated cosmopolitan, urbane perspective, these people are like the red necks, and you can never deal with them.
Knowledge has always flowed upwards to bishops and kings, not down to serfs and slaves.
Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs.
It is time this stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm.
The goal is justice, the method? is transparency.
It's important not to confuse the goal and the method.
The US presidency will continue to represent the major power groups of the United States - big business and the military - regardless of who the talking head is.
What is the possible benefit? Can this material save lives? Can it improve the quality of life in Iraq? Can it tend to shape our perceptions of how war should and should not be conducted? Can it shape our perceptions of who should be conducting war and in what manner? And the answer to that is a clear yes.
Power is a thing of perception. They don't need to be able to kill you. They just need you to think they are able to kill you