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A collection of quotations by Julian Assange on attitude, computer, programming, hack, victim, truth, information, culture, expose, secrecy, achieve and expose.

83 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Julian Assange

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Computer programmer

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03 July 1971 AD

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Townsville

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WikiLeaks

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46

Julian Paul Assange is an Australian journalist, publisher, hacker and computer pro-grammer best-known as the founder of WikiLeaks and is counted among the most influential people in the world. Assagne graduated from Central Queensland University in 1994 where he studied mathematics, programming and physics. However, he had started off as a hacker as early as 1987 and hacked into the systems of leading corporations as well as the ‘Pentagon and Department of Defence of the United States Government’. Assagne became a globally known editor and hacker when he launched Wikileaks and published classified information from deep within the United States government. Wikileaks’ publication of the documents supplied by Chelsea Manning propelled them to worldwide fame and its founder Julian Assange became a highly polarising figure all over the world. Over the years, Assange has helped publish covertly acquired internal communication in governments of most countries and eventually became one of the most powerful individuals in the world. Over the years, Assagne’s meteoric rise has been attributed to his attention to detail and the ability to publish documents that are authentic beyond doubt. Assange has earned the wrath of powerful governments but he has continued to run WikiLeaks and has remained a polarising figure. Here are some of his most famous quotations and sayings by the great programmer which have been scanned from his writings, books, work, interviews and life. Presenting some intrepid quotes and thoughts by Julian Assange especially for those holding the authority and power.

Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims.

- Julian Assange

What we know is everything, it is our limit, of what we can be.

- Julian Assange

You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can't lead to a good conclusion.

- Julian Assange

Knowledge has always flowed upwards to bishops and kings, not down to serfs and slaves.

- Julian Assange

Non-conformity is the only real passion worth being ruled by.

- Julian Assange

We like to engage in a normal publishing effort, which is to act in a responsible manner and make sure the material is not likely to harm anyone, that it is properly investigated by quality news organizations, and by lawyers and human rights groups and so on.

- Julian Assange

It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.

- Julian Assange

I'm not a big fan of regulation: anyone who likes freedom of the press can't be.

- Julian Assange

By bringing out into the public domain how human institutions actually behave, we can understand frankly, to a degree, for the first time the civilization that we actually have.

- Julian Assange

Cryptography is the essential building block of independence for organisations on the Internet, just like armies are the essential building blocks of states, because otherwise one state just takes over another.

- Julian Assange

If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.

- Julian Assange

As we've gotten more successful, there's a gap between the speed of our publishing pipeline and the speed of our receiving submissions pipeline. Our pipeline of leaks has been increasing exponentially as our profile rises, and our ability to publish is increasing linearly.

- Julian Assange

To be alive as a human being is to know, in the same way as it is to have a heart that beats.

- Julian Assange

Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.

- Julian Assange

Well, there's a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there's a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that's a really good signal that when the information gets out, there's a hope of it doing some good.

- Julian Assange

WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.

- Julian Assange

Where they couldn't pick holes in our arguments they would drive horses and carriages through my character.

- Julian Assange - The Unauthorised Autobiography, Julian Assange

The only way to keep a secret is to never have one.

- Julian Assange

When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like.

- Julian Assange

I found in investigative journalism it is always best, if you have any language skills, not to admit them.

- Julian Assange

Journalism should be more like science. As far as possible, facts should be verifiable. If journalists want long-term credibility for their profession, they have to go in that direction. Have more respect for readers.

- Julian Assange

One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.

- Julian Assange

That's a problem. I mean, like any sort of growing startup organization, we are sort of overwhelmed by our growth. And that means we're getting enormous quantity of whistleblower disclosures of a very high caliber, but don't have enough people to actually process and vet this information.

- Julian Assange

Big Brother is home. He is installed in the item you just dragged home from the Apple store.

- Julian Assange

I mean there's enormous pressures to harmonize freedom of speech legislation and transparency legislation around the world - within the E.U., between China and the United States. Which way is it going to go? It's hard to see.

- Julian Assange

During the period of house arrest, I had an electronic manacle around my leg for 24 hours a day, and for someone who has tried to give others liberty all their adult life, that is absolutely intolerable.

- Julian Assange

The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.

- Cypherpunks, Julian Assange

Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore: they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.

- Julian Assange

So when Putin goes out to buy a Coke, thirty seconds later it is known in Washington DC.

- Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, Julian Assange

WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and Afghan wars and broken stories about corporate corruption.

- Julian Assange

The internet has become a political space. I think that is one of the most important developments in the past decade.

- Julian Assange

Reality is an aspect of property. It must be seized. And investigative journalism is the noble art of seizing reality back from the powerful.

- Julian Assange - The Unauthorised Autobiography, Julian Assange

Consistency was a matter of style and values-not where you parked your car.

- Julian Assange

Whistleblowers often take very significant efforts to bring us material and often at very significant risks.

- Julian Assange

Often it's the case that we have to do a lot of exploration and marketing of the material we publish ourselves to get a big political impact for it.

- Julian Assange

It raises questions about the natural instincts of Clinton that, when confronted with a serious domestic political scandal, she tries to blame the Russians, blame the Chinese, et cetera.

- Julian Assange

So far, we have a perfect record of WikiLeaks having never revealed information that exposed a source over 10 years.

- Julian Assange

I believe that the way to justice is education.

- Julian Assange

The media helps keep government honest.

- Julian Assange

Democratic societies need a strong media, and WikiLeaks is part of that media.

- Julian Assange

Being editor of WikiLeaks was always a pretty difficult job.

- Julian Assange

The penetration of society by the Internet and the penetration of the Internet by society is the best thing that has ever happened to global human civilisation.

- Julian Assange

To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage.

- Julian Assange

You can't do anything sensible until you know what the situation is that you're in.

- Julian Assange

Journalists always like an excuse for why are they talking about something now when they didn't talk about something a week ago. They always like to say something is new.

- Julian Assange

I always believed that WikiLeaks as a concept would perform a global role, and to some degree it was clear that it was doing that as far back as 2007 when it changed the result of the Kenyan general election.

- Julian Assange

Although I still write, research and investigate, my role is primarily that of a publisher and editor-in-chief who organises and directs other journalists.

- Julian Assange

I coauthored my first nonfiction book by the time I was 25. I have been involved in nonfiction documentaries, newspapers, TV and internet since that time.

- Julian Assange

It's interesting that Swiss banks also hide their assets from the Swiss by using offshore bank structuring.

- Julian Assange

We have to be careful about applying criminal labels to people until we're very sure.

- Julian Assange

I had had a lot of experience in bringing the Internet to Australia, and I saw that knowledge in the hands of people achieves reform.

- Julian Assange

My family has had to move and change their name and have been subject to threats from right wing blogs calling for my son, for example, to be killed to get at me.

- Julian Assange

Every law, every constitution, every regulative decision is based upon what people are discussing in their community. It's based upon our sum knowledge of history and the present.

- Julian Assange

Cablegate is 3,000 volumes of material. It is the greatest intellectual treasure to have entered into the public record in modern times.

- Julian Assange

You can either be informed and your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you.

- Julian Assange

Wikileaks is a mechanism to maximize the flow of information to maximize the amount of action leading to just reform.

- Julian Assange

We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter.

- Julian Assange

True information does good.

- Julian Assange

In the history of Wikileaks, nobody has claimed that the material being put out is not authentic.

- Julian Assange

We always expect tremendous criticism. It is my role to be the lightning rod ... to attract the attacks against the organization for our work, and that is a difficult role. On the other hand, I get undue credit.

- Julian Assange

The corruption in reporting starts very early. It's like the police reporting on the police.

- Julian Assange

The supply of leaks is very large. It's helpful for us to have more people in this industry. It's protective to us.

- Julian Assange

We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage.

- Julian Assange

These megaleaks... They're an important phenomenon, and they're only going to increase.

- Julian Assange

Stopping leaks is a new form of censorship.

- Julian Assange

These big-package releases. There should be a cute name for them.

- Julian Assange

I am an Australian citizen, and I miss my country a great deal.

- Julian Assange

Well, I mean, the real attack on truth is tabloid journalism in the United States.

- Julian Assange

The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance.

- Julian Assange

Power is a thing of perception. They don't need to be able to kill you. They just need you to think they are able to kill you

- Julian Assange

Opponents past and present have the same essential weakness about them: first they want to use you, then they want to be you, then they want to snuff you out.

- Julian Assange - The Unauthorised Autobiography, Julian Assange

Cryptography is the ultimate form of non-violent direct action.

- Julian Assange

We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it - which is sometimes something that's quite hard to do, when you're talking about giant databases of information - release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks.

- Julian Assange

We have a way of dealing with information that has sort of personal - personally identifying information in it. But there are legitimate secrets - you know, your records with your doctor; that's a legitimate secret. But we deal with whistleblowers that are coming forward that are really sort of well motivated.

- Julian Assange

We don't have sources who are dissidents on other sources. Should they come forward, that would be a tricky situation for us. But we're presumably acting in such a way that people feel morally compelled to continue our mission, not to screw it up.

- Julian Assange

In my role as Wikileaks editor, I've been involved in fighting off many legal attacks. To do that, and keep our sources safe, we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything, and move telecommunications and people around the world to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions.

- Julian Assange

What is the possible benefit? Can this material save lives? Can it improve the quality of life in Iraq? Can it tend to shape our perceptions of how war should and should not be conducted? Can it shape our perceptions of who should be conducting war and in what manner? And the answer to that is a clear yes.

- Julian Assange

As we have seen, WikiLeaks is a robust organization. During my time in solitary confinement in the basement of a Victorian prison, we continue to release, our media partners continued to write stories. The important revelations from this material continue to come out. We have approximately 2,000 cables into 250,000.

- Julian Assange

I saw that publishing all over the world was deeply constrained by self-censorship, economics and political censorship, while the military-industrial complex was growing at a tremendous rate, and the amount of information that it was collecting about all of us vastly exceeded the public imagination.

- Julian Assange

When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.

- Julian Assange

The greater the power, the more need there is for transparency, because if the power is abused, the result can be so enormous. On the other hand, those people who do not have power, we mustn't reduce their power even more by making them yet more transparent.

- Julian Assange

All over the world, the barriers between what is inside an organisation and outside an organisation are being smoothed out. In the military, the use of contractors means that what is the military and what is not the military is smoothed out.

- Julian Assange

Through the confessional system, the Catholic church spied upon the lives of its congregants. While Latin mass excluded most people who could not speak Latin from an understanding of the very system of thought that bound them.

- Julian Assange