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« on: May 07, 2012, 13:36:25 PM »
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    We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards.
        "‘WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on the 'War Logs'". 2010-07-26. Retrieved on 2010-08-03.

    You can’t publish a paper on physics without the full experimental data and results; that should be the standard in journalism".
        "‘A real free press for the first time in history’: Wikileaks editor speaks out in London". 2007-08-12. Retrieved on 2010-08-01.

    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, monk of the online age who thrives on intellectual battle". The Guardian. 2010-08-01. Retrieved on 2010-08-01.

    Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture them.
        "Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks". TED: Ideas Worth Spreading ( July 2010. Retrieved on 2010-07-22.

    WikiLeaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than WikiLeaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian offshore stem-cell centers, former African kleptocrats, or the Pentagon.
        Khatchadourian, Raffi (June 9, 2010). "No Secrets". The New Yorker. Retrieved on 2010-06-17.

    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. You're not swept up in the trivialities of a nation. You can concentrate on the serious matters.
        "The secret life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange". The Sydney Morning Herald. May 22, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-06-17.


    It is the media that controls the boundaries of what is politically permissible, so better to change the media. Profit motives work against it, but if we can have the audience understand that most other forms of journalism are not credible, then it may be a forced move.
        Farquhar, Peter (May 19, 2010). "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange adamant his site broke Collateral Murder encryption". Retrieved on 2010-06-17.

    That’s arguably what spy agencies do — high-tech investigative journalism. It’s time that the media upgraded its capabilities along those lines.
        Cohen, Noam (April 6, 2010). "Iraq Video Brings Notice to a Web Site". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved on 2010-06-17.

    It is impossible to correct abuses unless we know that they’re going on.
        Julian Assange at the Oslo Freedom Forum, April 26-29, 2010. URL accessed on 2010-07-08. (YouTube video).

    Seeing ongoing political reforms that have a real impact on people all over the world is extremely satisfying. But we want every person who's having a dispute with their kindergarten to feel confident about sending us material.
        Kushner, David (April 6, 2010). "Inside WikiLeaks’ Leak Factory". Mother Jones. Retrieved on 2010-06-17.

    Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs. It is time this stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm.
        Tran, Mark (February 12, 2010). "Iceland plans future as global haven for freedom of speech". The Guardian. Retrieved on 2010-06-17.

    The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be "free" because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free.
        "Julian Assange answers your questions". The Guardian. December 3, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-12-14.

    Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism.
        "Accuser snapped me in the nude". The Sunday Times. December 26, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.

    I would be happy to accept asylum, political asylum, in India — a nation I love. In return, I will bring Mayawati a range of the finest British footwear.
        "Mayawati controversy: Text of Julian Assange's statement". The Hindu. September 6, 2011. Retrieved on September 9, 2011.

The Economist, 1st October 2011, p.89

    I may be a chauvinist pig of some sort, but I'm no rapist.
        Of allegations of sexual assault

    Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore; they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.

    I never had a mentor. I was forced to make myself up as i went along.

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 20:15:56 PM »
Superb compilation Isis, I loved this :)
Lack of fear is the road to truth,
Truth is the basis of information,
Information is the key to power.

Do not be afraid.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 22:58:12 PM »
"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."

"If we have brains or courage, then we are blessed and called on not to frit these qualities away, standing agape at the ideas of others, winning pissing contests, improving the efficiencies of the neocorporate state, or immersing ourselves in obscuranta, but rather to prove the vigor of our talents against the strongest opponents of love we can find."

"If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers. Let it be with similar types whose hearts and heads we may be proud of. Let our grandchildren delight to find the start of our stories in their ears but the endings all around in their wandering eyes."

"Insofar as we can affect the world, let it be to utterly eliminate guilt and fear as a motivator of man and replace it cell for cell with love of one another and the passion of creation."

"Here then is the truth about the Truth; the Truth is not bridge, sturdy to every step, a marvel of bound planks and supports from the known into the unknown, but a surging sea of smashed wood, flotsam and drowning sailors."

"Under a new section used, people cannot wear masks in London, they cannot wear facial coverings in London, and that basic anonymity is denied to people. I say, that sometimes it may be legitimate to deny anonymity, but we should not accept it until Swiss bank account and offshore bank accounts are also denied of their anonymity."

"What do guitars, lollies, lipstick, tamagotchis, padded bras, pornography, movies, opium, Ever Quest, and 98% of any Australian newspaper have in common? They are all technologies of emotional manipulation which distort our perceptions for the benefit of their masters." (Haha, I love the 98% of "Australian newspapers" part).

"Fear exists largely in the imagination. That’s what powerful people prey on. It simply isn’t possible to police the world’s citizens, so what they rely on is fear.

Once you realise that fear exists largely in your own mind, then you are on the way to liberation.

Lack of fear is the road to truth,
Truth is the basis of information,
Information is the key to power."

-According to Heather Brooke?  :P

"The whole universe or the structure that perceives it is a worthy opponent, but try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will take great comfort in pottering around in a lab and gently talking to students in the summer evening and will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them."

Julian Assange in his speech at the Trafalgar Square anti-war rally speech:

"...what can we do with our values, what can we do at all in relation to this war? Because the reality is Margaret Thatcher had it right; there is no society any more. What there is is a transnational security elite that is busy carving up the world using your tax money.

To combat that elite we must not petition; we must take it over.

We must form our own networks of strength and mutual value which can challenge those strengths and self-interested values of the warmongers in this country and in others that have formed hand in hand an alliance to take money from the United States, from every NATO country, from Australia and launder it through Afghanistan, launder it through Iraq, lander it through Somalia , launder it through Yemen, launder it through Pakistan and wash that money in peoples blood.

I don't need to tell you the depravity of war, you are all too familiar with its images, with the refugees of war, with information that we have revealed showing the everyday squalor and barbarity of war.

Information such as the individual deaths of over 130,000 people in Iraq. Individual deaths that were kept secret by the US military who denied that they ever counted the deaths of civilians.

Instead I want to tell you what I think is the way that wars come to be and that wars can be undone.

In democracies, or the pseudo-democracies that we are evolving into, wars are a result of lies. The Vietnam War and the push for US involvment was the result of the Gulf of Tonkin incident . . . a lie. The Iraq War famously is the result of lies. Wars in Somalia are a result of lies. The Second World War and the German invasion of Poland was the result of carefully constructed lies.

That is war by media. Let us ask ourselves of the complicit media, which is the majority of the mainstream press, what is the average death count attributed to each journalist?

When we understand that wars come about as a result of lies peddled to the British public and the American public and the publics all over Europe and other countries then who are the war criminals? It is not just leaders, it is not just soldiers, it is journalists; journalists are war criminals. And while one might think that that should lead us to a state of despair, that the reality that is constructed around us is constructed by liars, is constructed by people who are close to those that they are meant to be policing, it should lead us also to an optimistic understanding because if wars can be started by lies, truth can be started, peace can be started by truth."

"All who spend time in the spy world soon come to the view that the rest of the population lives their life in a sea fog as a tiny piece of cork buffeted by a vast ocean of concealed truth."  - In his blog.

"There is also evidence that Assange was increasingly repelled by the corrosive cynicism common in cypherpunks ranks. Something in his spirit seems to have changed after his trial and the writing of his MARUTUKKU mythology. From 1997 to 2002 Julian Assange accompanied all his cypherpunks postings with this beautiful passage from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” On one occasion in July 1999 William H. Geiger III presented standard Ayn Rand Objectivist praise of human selfishness. “Everyone is a predator out to advance their own agenda at the expence [sic] of others. Tim is just more honest than most about it.” Assange replied with a defence of altruism, for Objectivists an evil:

'No … Everyone maybe self-interested, but some are self-interested in a way that is healthy (to you, or the people you care about), some in a way which is benign, and some in a manner that is pernicious. It is important to distinguish between these different behaviours and support or undermine them accordingly'.-JA"

"In October 2001, Declan McCullagh expressed "surprise" when a "critique of laissez-faire capitalism" appeared on the cypherpunks list "of all places". Assange replied:

"Declan, Declan.

Put away your straw man ... Nobel economic laureates have been telling us for years to be careful about idealised market models. This year's Nobel for Economics won by George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E.Stiglitz 'for their analysis of markets with asymmetry information' is typical. You don't need a Nobel to realise that the relationship between a large employer and employee is brutally asymmetric ... To counter this sort of asymmetry, employees naturally start trying to collectivise to increase their information processing and bargaining power. That's right. UNIONS Declan....  Those devious entities that first world companies and governments have had a hand in suppressing all over the third world by curtailing freedom of association, speech and other basic political rights we take for granted."

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