Julian Assange: The Man Behind WikiLeaks 60 Minutes Interview

By: Paige Johnsen

Creator of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, proclaimed his innocence during a 60 Minutes interview on Februrary 3, 2011.  Assange said, “The United States doesn’t have the technology remove the site and its information.”  When asked if he should be held accountable for “going after” who and what the documents pertain, he said, “We don’t go after anyone.  We stick to our promises.”  WikiLeaks, a small non-profit organization, provides volumes of government documents to the public.

When Assange said, “We are playing inside the rules,” he means WikiLeaks is abiding by the First Amendment.  The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law infringing on the freedom of speech or the freedom of the press.  Assange said, “I encourage you to publish fearlessly and the United States has lost its way because publishers must be free to publish.” 

WikiLeaks is a completely new form of journalism because it provides raw data, makes it available, and allows the readers to make an individual decision. Assange attended thirty-seven schools throughout his academic career.  Always an outsider, he found his way in by developing a intellectual passion for computer hacking.  Assange said, “I know the terrain and I know what is possible for other people to do.” 

Assange makes it very clear that he wants a transparent government, not transparent people.  He maintained a very clear and calm composure throughout the interview.  He defined himself as a particular type of activist (a free press activist) and it is his responsibility to give people information to decide for themselves.

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 5:57 am  Leave a Comment  

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