Author(s): Julian Assange
Julian Assange: the Unauthorised Biography
WikiLeaks has helped redefine our idea of investigative journalism and our understanding of how information should be disseminated. Julian Assange, the visionary creator of and driving force behind this new publishing phenomenon, has a unique perspective on how WikiLeaks has evolved into one of today's most influential and fearless news organisations. In this revelatory account, Assange expands on the philosophies that underpin his stateless, ground-breaking media company. He draws on his own fascinating life story and offers compelling insights into the mercurial and highly driven man who has forced us to radically rethink such basic ideas as transparency, democracy and power.
'If I released the Pentagon Papers today, the same rhetoric and the same calls would be made about me ... I would be called not only a traitor — which I was [called] then, which was false and slanderous — but I would be called a terrorist... Assange and Bradley Manning are no more terrorists than I am.' Daniel Ellsberg, former US Military Analyst responsible for the leaking of the Pentagon Papers 'I think [Assange] has quite a moral commitment to [Wikileaks], he believes there should be an ethical dimension, a moral dimension to world affairs, that's his personal view.' John Pilger 'Why did I offer to provide surety for an alleged rapist, a man I have never met? That's the question even my mother asked me after I appeared in court for Julian Assange...I was there because I believe that this is about censorship and intimidation...There is a fundamental injustice here. There are calls for the punishment (execution even) of the man who has reported war crimes, but not for those that perpetrated or sanctioned them.' Jemima Kahn 'I think the work he has done has been a public service. I think we are entitled to know the dealings of those that govern us.' Ken Loach 'I am very concerned that this case is becoming politicised. If there are valid accusations against him then let them be heard...the most important thing in law is justice, due process and freedom of expression.' Bianca Jagger
Julian Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, software developer and internet activist, and the founder and editor-in-chief of the whistleblower website Wikileaks.