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Julian Assange tells students that the web is the greatest spying machine ever


Patrick Kingsley in the Guardian 15 March 2011 reports on Julian Assange’s talk to the Cambridge Union:


Julian Assange tells students that the web is the greatest spying machine ever
– The WikiLeaks founder says he also believes the internet is not a technology that favours freedom of speech


The Independent’s version, by Jerome Taylor and Andrew Griffin:


It’s good to get out of the house, Assange tells Cambridge Union


leads in with the security

He has perfected the art of spilling other people’s secrets, but Julian Assange’s appearance last night at the Cambridge Union Society (CUS) was a far from transparent affair.

The layers of security surrounding the talk – his first public appearance since last month losing round one of his battle against extradition to Sweden – were so tight that the US State Department might have learned a thing or two about how to control the flow of information. Pasted on the walls outside the debating chamber were stern warnings to any students intending to live stream the contents of the WikiLeaks founder’s lecture. “It is illegal to film, photograph, or record,” the signs read. “You will be evicted and have your membership revoked.”




March 18, 2011 Posted by | Cambridge Union, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment