The creator of WikiLeaks, a fearless exposer of government and Gallant nisprovergatel authority, in his column for the “ER” Julian Assange appears unexpectedly kind thin, vulnerable, lyric. Readers of “ER” was the first destined to learn about the special relationship of Julian and Russia.
Almost a year I go bound in an electronic bracelet. My life goes on under the strict control and supervision. Every day I report to the police and have no right to leave. I am under house arrest.
Envy and hatred some influential people, international corporations and entire nations can spoil my mood, but do not spoil the karma. I live an exile in East Anglia, the estate of his good friend (owner of London’s Frontline Club journalism club Vaughan Smith. – “ER”). The main advantage of my solitary life – a walk in the woods, communing with nature. Today’s brood saw a deer. This is a rare moment of bliss. My daily activities are still associated with such risk and releases adrenaline that any other extreme sports pales in comparison. While ten years ago I rode a motorcycle from Saigon to Hanoi, and I’m scared like. But so does my father in his sixties. He recently on a motorcycle came to me from London.
I have worked in about forty countries, lived in Cairo in 2007 (hence the current events in Egypt, so I’m interested in), some countries have seen during the world tour in 1998-1999. Then drove to Russia, he traveled in Siberia. Always fond of Russian culture, but at that time wanted to go as far away as Australia. I was doing development work on Internet safety for several Russian companies, and it turned out that some were in no hurry to pay the bills. I contacted them and asked to pay at last. But these were small companies, they are strongly affected by the economic crisis and the collapse of the ruble. We agreed that instead of money they will invite me to Russia, Russian delicacies will feed and water the best Russian vodka. I arrived and was traveling for pleasure, enjoying the hospitality at the expense of unpaid bills. I remember in Peter cut off the hot water, as I was told to supply nuclear power plants. People with whom I stayed, smelled stronger – it was impossible to wash. In the end I went for the Trans-Siberian Railway in Siberia. In my train was full of Chinese, they were carrying contraband puppies in Manchuria. I rode in the same compartment with an American police officer. And late at night with the police we have agreed that as soon as the train will arrive at Lake Baikal, we ragged right out of the compartment to the lake, until the train stops. I have not slept all night and drank with the chef of the restaurant car, which had read a book about Russian James Bond (in the morning it seemed to me that the chef went back to reread the same book, but then I realized that this extension). And the American shouted that it was time, we must hurry, the train is only three and a half minutes. I start his, and despite the fatigue and hangover, unable to overtake him. I was terribly proud of what made the American police. I dived into the lake and started to drink water straight from the lake. When quench your thirst, turned around and saw that the lake we ran down the hill and back have steeply. Ran for a long time, until the train drew in step, closing the door and slowly drove away from the station, but still managed to jump on the bandwagon last car.
In the same journey with my own eyes I saw the results of privatization in Russia ninetieth – it was like after a nuclear war. As we pulled Railway electric locomotive, but the section seven hundred miles there was no electricity: the electric company was privatized, and the railroad did not pay the bills. Then got out of diesel locomotive depot of strategic reserves in case of nuclear war, and he pushed us all the de-energized miles.
I saw the Siberian plants that are rusted and falling apart. But people were very friendly. Ordinary people, not government officials or business. It seemed to me that, despite the collapse of major state and public structures, despite the bandit Moscow and St. Petersburg, the basic structure of Russian society and human relationships at the local level is still well-functioning.
Today, in my state of siege, it was difficult to make new friends. People look at you through the prism of what is written in the media, but there is always a lot of distortion. But friends, associates, colleagues who were with me before the collision with the U.S., almost all were my good friends. Although in the past year and a half of a good attitude toward me was subjected to extremely cruel tests by Pentagon and State Department.
Today, I am wary about certain subjects. And I myself, and, even worse, my family – we all feel the pressure. My children were threatened, my mother was threatened. Constantly coming hostile letters and emails.
My mother once said, “You’re doing so much for humanity. Remember, do not say thank you. ” I told her: “I thank you for trying. Very important to me to deserve a lasting and permanent place in the history of mankind, that what we are doing – alone and together, would be our sacred heritage of our history. ”
I get satisfaction from the process of their work – more than on the result or public recognition. The very fact that I have created a system of “Wikileaks” and inspired many people to a more active social position, certainly makes me happy. This is very cool.
My personal circumstances and really complicated. But I’m glad to see that the world is changing due to my actions and in accordance with the values which I believe are fighting for and who to promote. We have witnessed the civil seizure of Wall Street. This revolutionary movement is somewhat similar to the events in Tunisia and Egypt. U.S. is much more peaceful country and society there is much better regulated, but the joyful and amazing to see how civil protest is gaining momentum and there.
I’m sure today’s events determine the choice of the future for all mankind.
On the one hand, the world may come to the world’s totalitarian state under the control of multinational power elites, acting solely in their own interests and those who see themselves a separate nation. On the other – we could build a society of small nation states, under the control of their national forces and interests.
In this situation, I see my mission is to create, invent, create some platforms that will continue to be staffed with experts.
As a teenager I was involved in the creation of networked systems in Australia. We came up with a cryptographic system that allowed people to speak freely on the Web without harassment from the authorities.
About this period of my life we Syulett Dreyfus thirteen years ago, wrote the book “Underground.” It is entirely documentary, based on my personal experience of the international computer underground and additional investigations conducted specifically for the book. At that time I was under criminal investigation in Australia and could not put his name on the cover of the first edition – I would be arrested. Then the book came out already with my name.
And today, my main activity – it wikileaks.org. “Wikileaks” – a twenty in the state and many thousands of network associates with specific assignments in different parts of the world. All our funds are replenished my royalties for public performances and contributions of ordinary people who believe in us and share our ideas. A bit like a collection of donations in the Orthodox Church. The average donations of about thirty dollars, but there are more substantial contributions.
Washington holds a massive attack on the account “Wikileaks”. “Visa” “MasterCard”, “Peypal”, “Bank of America,” the combined efforts gave us the economic blockade. They also blocked my personal account. Under the guise of concern for national security, the United States exert political pressure on these multinational companies. Washington inhibits the activity of the resource by all possible means.
“Wikileaks” do not pay their informants. Information on resource flows through the classical scheme of wiki-resource. In principle, we do not mind having to pay informants, but we strictly adhere to the anonymity of sources. If we paid, it would be difficult to trace the movement of money and it would facilitate the disclosure of sources.
But this does not affect the accuracy of the information posted on “Wikileaks”. Over the past five years, we have not issued any false, erroneous, false messages. All material is checked and rechecked. We have the best reputation among all media projects in the world. So far we have been able to thwart any attempts of disinformation.
Often I meet people in person, to whom we are preparing the materials for publication. Last year, for example, I had dinner in Oslo with Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. In the homeland of Abraham recently freed after six years in prison on charges of sodomy. In Malaysia, this is a punishable offense. We had reason to believe that the case against him was fabricated. And since he has spent and re-entered politics immediately appear a second case with the same charges by the Malaysian government. Later we have published information from Singapore intelligence, which is reported to the Americans about the case. This information is unlikely to help Anwar Ibrahim. From it – unless, of course, believe the Singaporean intelligence, – it followed that the charges on the new case were likely true. Anwar, of course, was upset in the aftermath of the publication, but did not try to dissuade me from disclosure, and not remain in insult.
I also talked with one of U.S. soldiers firing at the lighted video from Baghdad. Griffin MakKod contacted us a few days after the publication of this material. As a result of our conversation and his numerous interviews about service in Iraq, he became very well known figure in the United States. According to the stories Griffin even made a film about U.S. soldiers shooting civilians. By the way, the four men from his unit refused further military service, citing the pangs of conscience.
I often think and dream about what to do first if I became free. So the prisoners in jail, after years of gruel, fantasize about my first meal at the luxurious freedom. I can not say exactly what I do, when cleared. Even if we win today in the court case and the Swedish Supreme Court of England let me go at will – this is not the end of the story. U.S. also demand my extradition on charges of espionage.
Maybe I’ll go skiing on Mount Kilimanjaro. And maybe make a movie about “Wikileaks,” such as “Social Network” about the creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. However, I know about it and I can say that in fact it was not so, as shown in the movie. Films are often very far in its interpretation of the facts and real history. And this is a distortion and mythologizing of the real figures and events, I find the parallels to my own life. Here lies the answer to why I did not approve of none of the Hollywood projects about the “Wikileaks”. Their creators opportunists. And I want to make a true story. And has even been one of the producers. So there will be only one Hollywood movie with my participation and blessing. But I did not say a word about the project – nor director, nor any name, this will be announced in due time, and two years later we see him on screen.
But that’s exactly right now, if I fall short respite at liberty, I know what I want. In my real life, no place for spontaneity, and if I’ll be free, luxury home will be getting rid of the hated strap and the ability to do what I want – if I want it, spontaneously, without planning anything in advance, as it pleases.
Sooner or later I’ll be back in Moscow and meet with friends.
Article by Julian Assange “Washington vs mankind” was published in the journal “Russian pioneer» № 24 .