Tuesday, November 29, 2011
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange blasted the mainstream media, Washington, banks and the Internet itself as he addressed journalists in Hong Kong on Monday via videolink from house arrest in England.
Fresh from accepting a top award for journalism from the prestigious Walkley Foundation in his native Australia on Sunday, Assange spoke to the News World Summit in Hong Kong before keeping a regular appointment with the police.
He defended his right to call himself a journalist and said WikiLeaksâ€™ next â€œbattleâ€ would be to ensure that the Internet does not turn into a vast surveillance tool for governments and corporations.
â€œOf course Iâ€™m a goddamn journalist,â€ he responded with affected frustration when a moderator of the conference asked if he was a member of the profession.