Julian Assange quotes

  • Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Character #Injustice #Ability

  • I don't like the word transparency; cold dead glass is transparent. I prefer education or understanding, which are more human.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Glasses #Understanding #Cold

  • You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can't lead to a good conclusion.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Lying #Ignorance #Decision

  • In the United Kingdom at various stages, journalism has been the profession of gentlemen amateurs. And some of them even pride themselves on being amateurs. Their quality is not comparable with the quality of intelligence services even if most of them harbor a remarkable degree of corruption and incompetence.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Pride #Gentleman #Quality

  • If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Writing #Thinking #Rights

  • If you look at most definitions, a god is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. In particular, god knows when you are doing something that you shouldn't be doing and whether you are playing according to god's rules.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Looks #Definitions #God Knows

  • What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? I give private information on corporations to you for free, and I'm a villain. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he’s Man of the Year.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Men #Years #Zuckerberg

  • Secrecy breeds incompetence because where there is failure, failure is kept secret.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Secret #Kept Secrets #Incompetence

  • If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers Let our grandchildren delight to find the start of our stories in their ears but the endings all around in their wandering eyes.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Adventure #Eye #Grandchildren

  • Society develops a type of self-censorship, with the knowledge that surveillance exists - a self-censorship that is even expressed when people communicate with each other privately.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Self #People #Surveillance

  • 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.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Powerful #Taken #Believe

  • Media is a big problem around the world, it's powerful and can abuse its power.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Powerful #Media #Abuse

  • What we know is everything, it is our limit, of what we can be.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Limits

  • WikiLeaks is really a litmus test for those people who walk the talk in the media. How much will they really follow their protestations to be brave publishers, and how much do they really want to lick the boots of power? Well, you can tell by their engagement with us and what they do.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Media #People #Brave

  • If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth.
    -- Julian Assange

    #War #Lying #Bad Ass

  • I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Real #War #People

  • If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Media #Journalism #Controversial

  • There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination, in the response
    -- Julian Assange

    #Determination #Unity #Oppression

  • A great number of those working for liberal causes are not only shy but borderline collusive. They want change to happen nicely, and it won't. They want decency to come about without anybody suffering or being embarrassed, and it won't. And most of all they want to give many of the enemies of open government the benefit of the doubt, and I don't. It's not just a difference of approach, it's a complete schism in our respective philosophy. You can't go about disclosure in the hope that it won't spoil anybody's dinner.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Philosophy #Differences #Numbers

  • One of the hopeful things that I've discovered is that nearly every war that has started in the past 50 years has been a result of media lies. The media could've stopped it if they had searched deep enough; if they hadn't reprinted government propaganda they could've stopped it.
    -- Julian Assange

    #War #Lying #Past

  • Every War in the past 50 Years is a Result of Media Lies
    -- Julian Assange

    #War #Lying #Past

  • The corruption in reporting starts very early. It's like the police reporting on the police.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Police #Corruption

  • It's interesting that Swiss banks also hide their assets from the Swiss by using offshore bank structuring.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Interesting #Assets #Swiss

  • I am an Australian citizen, and I miss my country a great deal.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Country #Missing #Citizens

  • Non-conformity is the only real passion worth being ruled by.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Real #Passion #Conformity

  • If you want a vision of the future, imagine Washington-back ed Google Glasses strapped onto vacant human faces - forever.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Glasses #Forever #Google

  • Wikileaks is a mechanism to maximize the flow of information to maximize the amount of action leading to just reform.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Reform #Wikileaks #Information

  • Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented,
    -- Julian Assange

    #Machines #Particular

  • The sense of perspective that interaction with multiple cultures gives you I find to be extremely valuable, because it allows you to see the structure of a country with greater clarity, and gives you a sense of mental independence.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Country #Perspective #Giving

  • Bitcoin actually has the balance and incentives right, and that is why it is starting to take off.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Balance #Incentives #Bitcoin

  • I always believed that WikiLeaks as a concept would perform a global role, and to some degree it was clear that it was doing that as far back as 2007 when it changed the result of the Kenyan general election.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Degrees #Wikileaks #Roles

  • Cablegate is 3,000 volumes of material. It is the greatest intellectual treasure to have entered into the public record in modern times.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Intellectual #Records #Treasure

  • 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.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Talking #Excuse #Week

  • Through the confessional system, the Catholic church spied upon the lives of its congregants. While Latin mass excluded most people who could not speak Latin from an understanding of the very system of thought that bound them.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Latin #People #Catholic

  • My family has had to move and change their name and have been subject to threats from right wing blogs calling for my son, for example, to be killed to get at me.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Moving #Son #Names

  • All over the world, the barriers between what is inside an organisation and outside an organisation are being smoothed out. In the military, the use of contractors means that what is the military and what is not the military is smoothed out.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Military #Mean #Use

  • We have to be careful about applying criminal labels to people until we're very sure.
    -- Julian Assange

    #People #Criminals #Labels

  • When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Decision #Email #Littles

  • To be alive as a human being is to know, in the same way as it is to have a heart that beats.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Heart #Alive #Way

  • I had had a lot of experience in bringing the Internet to Australia, and I saw that knowledge in the hands of people achieves reform.
    -- Julian Assange

    #Hands #Australia #People

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