Assange to run for Australian Senate, start Wikileaks party

Assange to run for Australian Senate, start Wikileaks party

He made the announcement from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The whistleblower told Fairfax Media that plans to register the political party were “significantly advanced” and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have expressed their availability to run for election on the party ticket.

Assange says he is able to register as an overseas elector in New South Wales and Victoria. He added that a “strategic decision” will determine which state he chooses to represent.

If he were elected but unable to return to Australia to take up his position, a nominee would occupy his seat.

Penetration of Facebook is larger than penetration of the Stasi in East Germany – Assange

In an interview with the British Guardian WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has spoken about his recently published book, his future and his family.

Most part of the interview was of course about the recently published book ‘Cypherpunks: Freedom And The Future Of The Internet’ written by Assange and his co-authors.

The book is deemed for everyone who has ever gone online or used a mobile phone has a rather pessimistic message: “The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen”.

“The last 10 years have seen a revolution in interception technology, where we have gone from tactical interception to strategic interception,” Assange says.

According to Assange, we are trapped in “strategic interception, where everything flowing out of or into a country – and for some countries domestically as well – is intercepted and stored permanently.”

“It’s more efficient to take and store everything than it is to work out who you want to intercept,” he concludes.

Besides, as Assange reveals, “we spend our days actively assisting the state’s theft of private information about us, by putting it all online.”

“The penetration of the Stasi in East Germany is reported to be up to 10% of the population,… but the penetration of Facebook in countries like Iceland is 88%, and those people are informing much more frequently and in much more detail than they ever were in the Stasi. And they’re not even getting paid to do it!” he exclaims.

According to Assange there is one way to protect ourselves: cryptography.

“A well-defined mathematical algorithm can encrypt something quickly, but to decrypt it would take billions of years – or trillions of dollars’ worth of electricity to drive the computer.”

Assange was also asked about the possibility that he might live in this embassy for the rest of his life.

“I’ve considered the possibility. But it sure beats supermax [maximum security prison].”

Assange spoke just a little of his family whom he missed the most.

“Some of them have had to change their names, move location. Because they have suffered death threats, trying to get at me. There have been explicit proposals through US rightwing groups to target my son, for example, to get at me. The rest of the family, having seen that, has taken precautions in response.” 

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