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Julian Assange Challenges The Internet Generation

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    Thank you so much for coming to this rally. Your presence here and your support in homes, workplaces, online and elsewhere
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    is exactly what is needed to keep us strong. I really wish I could be with you in person.
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    I can't wait to be back in Melbourne, where I have fond memories of taking a tram up Swansea street,
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    dropping in at Trade's Hall, and having my favorite coffee at the new International bookshop.
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    Though we are far apart at the moment, I follow news from home regularly.
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    I've been heartened, not just by the stories of support for our organization, but the stories of courage and kindness
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    every day Australians are showing to one another during the floods. That too is a matter of confort
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    to all of us who believe in basic human decency.
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    As a journalist, I am used to reporting the news, rather than addressing rallies. But these are not ordinary times.
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    The times we are going through at the moment constitute a generational challenge
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    The US civil rights struggles of the 1950's also constituted a generational challenge,
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    as did the peace movement of the late 1960's, autonomous (?) movements in different periods of the 20th century,
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    and the awakening of environmental consciousness that has taken hold in recent years.
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    For the internet generation, this is our challenge, and this is our time.
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    We support a cause that is no more radical a proposition than that the citizenry has a right to scrutinize the state.
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    The state has asserted its authority by surveilling, monitoring and regimenting all of us,
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    all the while hiding behind cloaks of security and opaqueness.
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    Surely, it was only a matter of time before citizens pushed back and we asserted our rights.
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    This brings me to another point. We at Wikileaks recognize the difference between secrecy and privacy.
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    Individuals, not governments, have the right to privacy. Strong powers must be held to account
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    while the weak must be protected. We believe in transparent power, not in transparent people.
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    We publish material that is in the public interest. For us, as the European Court of Human Rights
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    and the British Court of Appeals has held, the decisive factor in balancing the protection of private life
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    against freedom of expression should lie in the contribution the material has to make to the debate of general interest.
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    It is surely a matter of public interest that Australian politicians secretly briefed foreign embassies,
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    in effect providing them with political intelligence on the Australian government, while concealing these vital facts
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    from those who actually elected them to office.
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    Wikileaks has brought this important information to the public.
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    It is surely a matter of public interest that the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
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    has been running a secret intelligence campaign directed at the leadership of the United Nations,
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    demanding passwords, DNA, personal encryption keys, credit card numbers,
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    e-mail addresses and so on. That targeting is illegal under the 1946 UN Convention on Privileges and Immunities,
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    and illegal under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
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    And it is surely a matter of public interest that the Labour government has been secretly working
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    to shield from prosecution Indonesian military figures who killed strangers (?) in East Timor.
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    Wikileaks brought this information out to the public as well.
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    It would appear that the Labour government today is doing what Labour did in 1975 regarding East Timor:
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    talking about human rights while trying to downplay a tax on journalists.
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    Because you and I should be in no doubt of one thing: we are a media organization,
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    I am a publisher, I am a publisher and I am a journalist. I've been a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance,
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    Australia's peak journalist's union, for years. I published my first book when I was 25.
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    There has been outrageous and illegal calls to have me and my staff killed, clear cases of incitement to violence.
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    And the Australian government has condoned this behavior by its diplomatic silence.
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    I find it interesting that some politicians have no intention of applying the precautionary principle
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    when it comes to the environment, but assert it when it comes to our reporting.
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    They conjure up hypothetical scenarios, claim that somehow, some day, our stories might somehow harm someone somewhere.
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    But we have a 4-year publishing history, a history of not harming a single individual anywhere.
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    They provide no evidence of actual harm. So I say to you: that which is asserted without evidence
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    can be dismissed without argument. And it is interesting how some politicians single out my staff and myself for attack
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    while saying nothing about the slaughter of thousands by the US military or rather dictatorships,
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    and saying nothing about other, much wealthier, powerful news organizations that published material in partnership with us.
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    It is cowardly to bully a small media organization, but that is what is happening here.
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    We are eternally grateful to your strong support in helping us stand up to the bullies.
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    Julia Gillard should be taking active steps to bring me home and to protect our people.
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    She should be contacting the US embassy and demanding that it back off.
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    As for the future, we are as determined as ever. With your help and support, we will make our way through this storm
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    and continue to publish and hold powerful and abusive organizations to account.
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    I want to assure you that we will not mimic the timidity and subservience to power
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    that some other media organizations have. If that is what it means to go mainstream,
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    then we are happy staying where we are, at the front line of the truth.
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    We will, as Don Chipp dreamed, "try to keep the bastards honest."
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    We have been deeply moved by the concern Australians have shown for us. But I ask that you turn your concern into action.
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    Insist that the attacks on my staff and organization stop. Insist that I be allowed to return home.
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    Insist that the Australian government come clean on all its interactions with foreign powers in relation to our organization.
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    Thank you for your good will. We will keep the faith with you, and you will keep us strong.
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WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organization,claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. WikiLeaks describes its founders as a mix of Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its director. The site was originally launched as a user-editable wiki, but has progressively moved towards a more traditional publication model and no longer accepts either user comments or edits.

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