Google in the White House? Assange Warns of Close Ties Between Hillary Clinton & Internet Giant
(9 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ks4tGzz6NU
Google is very different, in an important way, from Lockheed Martin. Yes, Google is building drones. Yes, Lockheed Martin was and is building F-16s. But Google also controls how we communicate with each other. So, Google is, in a sense, like HIV. It doesn't—it's not just something that afflicts your arm; it afflicts your ability to understand and fight the infection. That's true of all media, libraries, communication services, etc. They're involved in that part of society that we use to understand ourselves, and that is the freedom of communication. So, the freedom of communication, in some sense, is the fundamental right, because it is the enabling right that allows us to speak to each other to understand the importance of all our other rights. And so, when the freedom of communication is degraded or maligned, when whistleblowers are prosecuted, when one organization starts to develop a monopoly on the internet and interfere with our communication, then all our rights suffer, because this fundamental enabling right is degraded.
As the editor of WikiLeaks, I have gone through a lot of battles. I have seen corrupt mainstream media outlets try to not report initially on some of our materials, spin them in other directions—that's happened just recently. And I have also seen good journalists, embedded in those institutions, fighting to be accurate and truthful. There are good people even in bad institutions. Most of our sources are good people wanting to do good things, within the U.S. military or intelligence or political parties.
Julian Assange on Green Party's Rising Popularity & November Election: "Anything is Possible"
(4 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBEuzAozj-o
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: Attacks Against Jill Stein Are "Going to Go Through the Roof"
(7 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RT_djNa5lQ
full Democracy Now! episode, Monday 8 August 2016
(59 mins.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FweIAOy6M5g
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