Wikileaks editor and co-founder Julian Assange spoke out against the fake news media that acted as a Hillary Clinton SuperPAC during the election and is now a biased weapon against President Trump.
Assange said Wikileaks purely data-driven approach had prevented them from becoming “weaponized text” like the fake news media.
“What is special about WikiLeaks is that it’s not just another damn story, it’s not just another damn journalist putting their damn byline, advertising themselves and their position on another damn story.”
That’s the assessment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who appeared in Sydney over the weekend (albeit via video link) for a wide-ranging discussion on the failings of modern media, the power of leaked information and why WikiLeaks is happy to court scandal.
And while he says newspapers publish nothing more than “weaponised text,” he’s more than happy with the advent of “fake news.”
WikiLeaks, which, has never been one to shrink from its stated goal of uncovering “government and corporate misconduct.” However, the organisation has come under fire in recent months for the way it releases information, particularly around the .
But speaking to the audience in Sydney — including supporters who were willing to yell their support during the live cross — Assange defended WikiLeaks as “a wonderful library you can trust” and a source of “original pristine information.”
“You’re not reading pre-weaponised knowledge,” he said of the organisations’ millions of documents. “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponised text that is designed to affect a person just like you.
“I think that is the real beauty of WikiLeaks… it is that sea of information, that treasure, that intellectual treasure, that rebel library of Alexandria you can go into.”
Assange’s comments throughout the two-hour event pitted this unfiltered archive of information against what he called the “very, very, very inaccurate” press and the “opportunistic snipers” that work in the industry as journalists.
But this disdain for the global news media did not necessarily extend to fake news.
“When the narrative of fake news came out and was then taken off effectively by the neo-liberal press and pushed around… I could see exactly where that was going. I was rather happy about it,” he said.
“WikiLeaks is very happy that there is a narrative about fake news out there because we have a perfect record of having never got it wrong in terms of authentications.”
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