Julian Paul Assange is an Australian computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He is editor-in-chief of the organisation WikiLeaks, which he founded in 2006.
Quotes by Julian Assange
If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature. These megaleaks... They're an important phenomenon, and they're only going to increase. 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. 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. Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship. 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. 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. These big-package releases. There should be a cute name for them. Often it's the case that we have to do a lot of exploration and marketing of the material we publish ourselves to get a big political impact for it. In the history of Wikileaks, nobody has claimed that the material being put out is not authentic.