Tired of reading the same quotes from Julian Assange? You love them all but you are looking for something you’ve never read before. Here are a few I found from his Twitter feed and other places.
“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.”
“Journalism should be more like science. As far as possible, facts should be verifiable. If journalists want long-term credibility for their profession, they have to go in that direction. Have more respect for readers.”
“Journalists always like an excuse for why are they talking about something now when they didn’t talk about something a week ago. They always like to say something is new.”
“CIA Director Mike Pompeo has called WikiLeaks a “hostile non-state intelligence service” because WikiLeaks obtains accurate leaks, publishes them & protects its sources–as all serious media should. What does the CIA expect the press to be? A “docile pro-state stupidity service”?”
“I am not an *ian or an *ist. A weak state means domination by strong states externally and by the most powerful group internally. A strong state of size is a menace externally and internally where it has impunity and shifts its society into a quest for patronage.”
“Human beings, as well as having admirable qualities, are also sadistic and stupid. With them, we make our states and other groups. With such imperfect clay the wonder is not that we don’t have utopia but that we don’t form Somalia or North Korea 100% of the time.”
“As long as WikiLeaks keeps publishing I will not be released.
“Manning is a hero. A torture & prison survivor who is alleged to have taken on two wars. You cannot even glance at the power of her star.”
“So happy the head of the CIA has declared @WikiLeaks “an enemy of the United States.” (really, CIA incompetence). Extradition much harder.”
“I am not from the UK, I came to London to freely advise the Guardian newspaper on our leaks. But no good dead goes unpunished. It immediately stabbed me in the back, broke every clause of the contract and campaigned for my imprisonment while I was before the courts. No honor.”
“The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is built around the insane notion that no EU member state will ever “go bad” and send an extradition request for a political purpose and hence there is no political exemption and no evidence is needed to extradite. Pure ideology.”
“If we have brains or courage, then we are blessed and called on not to frit these qualities away, standing agape at the ideas of others, winning pissing contests, improving the efficiencies of the neocorporate state, or immersing ourselves in obscuranta, but rather to prove the vigor of our talents against the strongest opponents of love we can find.“
“The truth is not found on the page, but is a wayward sprite that bursts forth from the readers mind for reasons of its own.”
“Yet just as we feel all hope is lost and we sink back into the miasma, back to the shadow world of ghosts and gods, a miracle arises; everywhere before the direction of self interest is known, people yearn to see where its compass points and then they hunger for truth with passion and beauty and insight. He loves me. He loves me not. Here then is the truth to set them free. Free from the manipulations and constraints of the mendacious. Free to choose their path, free to remove the ring from their noses, free to look up into the infinite voids and choose wonder over whatever gets them though. And before this feeling to cast blessings on the profits and prophets of truth, on the liberators and martyrs of truth, on the Voltaires, Galileos, and Principias of truth, on the Gutenburgs, Marconis and Internets of truth, on those serial killers of delusion, those brutal, driven and obsessed miners of reality, smashing, smashing, smashing every rotten edifice until all is ruins and the seeds of the new.“
“You do not need to justify the possession of these noble instincts. Such attributes are normally distributed. You have a constellation of these attributes and that makes you who you are. Recognise that the substantial ones are invariant.
You must satisfy your invariant instincts or you will be at odds with your own character. It is only when we are not at odds with our basic makeup that we can find life meaningful.”