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Julian Assange at SXSW: ‘national security reporters are a new kind of refugee’

09
Mar
2014

Speaking via Skype before an audience of thousands at South by Southwest, Julian Assange made the case for a new golden age of national security reporting, conducted largely by Americans in exile. National security reporters are a new kind of refugee, Assange said, then ran down a list of American reporters and activists who have left US borders in order to continue their work, including Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Wikileaks Sarah Harrison, and Tor researcher Jacob Appelbaum. I see this as quite a positive phenomenon, Assange told the audience, that where people would have been completely crushed and not able to work anymore, they are able to use these basic tenets of classic liberalism like freedom of movement… to keep working. Assange also commented on First Look Media, Glenn Greenwalds new venture with Pierre Omidyar, saying the eBay founder has realized that even those with $8 billion are not free anymore.

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