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Julian Assange: WikiLeaks and the State, Media Monopolies

Posted: 2010-08-14
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WikiLeaks` Julian Assange spoke yesterday via video link to the Frontline Club in London

Julian Assange:
WikiLeaks is not a stateless organisation... all of our parts are in some state, all of our people are in some state, we've won every court case in every state that we've been [in court] in.

It is true that we do play some kind of arbitrage between these states, and that affects the interim abuse of process - though we can keep publishing during process abuse proceedings and when we get to the end of proceedings we win - we've been quite good like that.

Mainstream media organisations also play arbitrate with states, and they do it in terms of tax structure - they do it with a lot of resources. Even the Guardian tax structure is quite complex. I think that these [mainstream media] organisations ... don't give a damn about getting the truth out to the people - that's why they haven't structured their information flows, in such ways to take advantage of any of the [legal] jurisdictions, but they've been the first off the block to do it for tax structure.

The reason being is they have been relative monopolies in their own countries. So what they [mainstream media organisations] have been incentivised to do is simply have the loudest mouth within their country, and it is the external publishing which is now providing a competitive incentive for these organisations to try to and gain extra freedom of speech, where we are enabling other publications to do that.

An important example in the UK, is Task Force 444 is under a D-notice, and Task Force 42. Those are the kill-or-capture task force run by the UK in Afghanistan. [A book publisher] had Task Force 444 removed from his book [about these task forces] as a result of that D-notice. Our [WikiLeaks] publication of that data in public permitted the Sunday Times to then publish their Task Force 444 data. So we are shifting the envelope of what is possible in various countries by providing some kind of external publishing discipline.
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