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.
I'm not a big fan of regulation: anyone who likes freedom of the press can't be.
Knowledge has always flowed upwards to bishops and kings, not down to serfs and slaves.
What we know is everything, it is our limit, of what we can be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.
The only way to keep a secret is to never have one.
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.
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.
One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.
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.
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.