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‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of the Free Press

The mass media set the parameters of acceptable debate. Cross those parameters, as the investigative journalist Gary Webb did, and you are turned into a pariah.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE


Julian Assange: Google’s Basic Business Model ‘Same as the NSA’s’

In a conversation with “Imaginary Lines” host Chris Spannos, WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange discussed his new book, “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” which is based on a conversation Assange had with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



Julian Assange Announces He’s Leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London ‘Soon’

The WikiLeaks founder told journalists at a news conference Monday that he can confirm he will leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London after two years refuge there, though he stated that his departure was “probably not” due to reasons “the Murdoch press” and others have surmised.

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Nomads of the Digital Age

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE


Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Snowden and His New Bid for Freedom

“Democracy Now!” speaks to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has lived as a political prisoner for more than two years, in what the show says is the first time a U.S. news program has entered his place of refuge.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet

After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The Pulitzer Prize Committee

When institutions lend their support to the powerless, as the Pulitzer committee did this week to whistle-blowers and their newspapers, the battle is no longer merely between the weak and its oppressors.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor

“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies (VIDEO)

In “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE



Welcome to Satan’s Ball

The rise of a global corporate oligarchy means there is little difference between Moscow’s and Washington’s ruling elites. The dispute on Ukraine is just one example of their duplicitous posturing.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE


Document Dump: Efforts to Track WikiLeaks Supporters Revealed

Julian Assange’s attorney comments on documents reported about on Glenn Greenwald’s new investigative site showing that U.S. officials sought to get governments worldwide to agree to prosecute Assange, that the British intelligence agency has a program to identify computers used to search for the whistle-blowing publisher WikiLeaks, and more.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Tapped for Nobel Peace Prize—Again

Edward Snowden has once again landed on the list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, this time thanks to two Norwegian politicians.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

Chris Hedges takes a page from “Moby Dick” in this speech, in which he sketches out a cautionary tale about the American character and, by extension, the ultimate fate of the human race.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Invisible Revolutions and the Collapse of Ruling Institutions

What do Edward Snowden, the former Yugoslavia, Alexander Berkman and the logistical and legislative mess known as Obamacare have to do with one another? Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges connects these figures and concepts in conversation with The Real News Network’s Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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A Leak of All Things Suggests U.S. Won’t Prosecute Assange

U.S. officials speaking anonymously to The Washington Post said the Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange because of a “New York Times” problem.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Calls Julian Assange’s De Facto Detention ‘Intolerable’

Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland, has visited Julian Assange and written a condemnation of his asylum—which is effectively a house arrest—for the “crime of being a journalist who told the truth.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

The corporate state’s illegitimacy and destruction of privacy and civil liberties are spawning a class of young idealists such as Jeremy Hammond.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Assange May Get Another Chance at Australian Senate

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks Party made a Senate bid in September for a spot representing Victoria, Western Australia. Now, thanks to some missing ballots being found, the party has another opportunity to take part in the elections, and this time Assange himself will head the party ticket.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Fifth Estate’ Director Calls Assange a Liar, Praises Snowden

Julian Assange has taken strong objection to “The Fifth Estate,” Hollywood’s take on WikiLeaks’ adventures in journalism. In a new interview, the director of the film, Bill Condon, says the WikiLeaks publisher “just flat-out makes things up.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Editors and Reporters of The Guardian

In an age of unprecedented antagonism toward the press, one newspaper headquartered in the heart of a former empire is making a spirited thrashing of the image and ambitions of some of the world’s proudest elites.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Julian Assange Calls DreamWorks’ WikiLeaks Movie a ‘Geriatric Snoozefest’

Julian Assange has been critical of the upcoming dramatization of his work, “The Fifth Estate,” since he read an early draft of the script. Now, as the movie is set to open, he cuts it to ribbons once again.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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On Chelsea Manning and Privacy, Cumberbatch Still Sides With Authority (Updated)

After reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s full, unedited remarks on the punishment of Chelsea Manning and government destruction of privacy, published Monday at The Guardian, I believe his meanings as originally reported remain intact.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Daniel Ellsberg: Whistle-Blowers Are Good for Democracy

Truthdig’s Robert Scheer sat down with Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg recently to compare Ellsberg’s story, and the U.S. government’s handling of his case, with those of Edward Snowdon and Bradley Manning. According to Ellsberg, “whistle-blower” may now carry a more positive charge than it did when he earned the title, but the outcome looks far bleaker for those two who also defied authorities to serve their country.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE


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Love It or Leave It?

Journalism is often a form of priestcraft. If human victims are required on the pyramids of sacrifice, a mob of journalists is always ready to slip on priestly robes while reaching for the knives.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Bradley Manning and the Gangster State

The soldier’s 35-year sentence means the end of the rule of law. It terminates the ability of the press and the public to hold power accountable. And it presages the rise of a government under which the just will become criminals.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE


Controversial Director Defends Bradley Manning

Many supporters of Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks were unhappy with Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets,” but in a new interview with David Sirota, the director expresses support for the Army private as well as for website founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Julian Assange Hails Obama’s Reform Announcement

The WikiLeaks founder called President Obama’s announcement of plans to review the government’s sweeping spying program a “victory of sorts” for fugitive NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Sentencing Testimony Suggests Manning and WikiLeaks Not Responsible for Any Deaths

“For three years Bradley Manning and Julian Assange were accused of murder,” writes Matt Sledge at The Huffington Post. “Members of Congress and the administration said their WikiLeaks document dump endangered U.S. interests—and lives.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



Occupy UC Davis Pepper-Spray Cop Wants Workers’ Comp

The policeman who doused a group of protesters sitting peacefully (and later became the subject of myriads of memes), is claiming the event caused him psychological damage; Alex Gibney’s documentary about WikiLeaks is chock-full of propaganda meant to discredit Julian Assange; meanwhile, divers in Hawaii cleaned the ocean by hand and filled an 18-wheeler with human debris. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


‘The Fifth Estate’ Trailer: How Hollywood Does WikiLeaks

Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) plays Julian Assange in DreamWorks and Participant Media’s upcoming film based on the book by WikiLeaks ship-jumper Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Luke Harding of The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Digital Empire’s Threat to Latin America

“Every day, hundreds of millions of messages from the entire Latin American continent are devoured by US spy agencies, and stored forever in warehouses the size of small cities,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange writes in The Guardian on Tuesday. “The geographical facts about the infrastructure of the internet therefore have consequences for the independence and sovereignty of Latin America.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Give Manning a Plea Deal

The public may never know whether justice is properly done unless someone leaks the details of this trial about leaks.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



The Soldier Who Never Sleeps

Scientists are trying to construct military members who can fight without fatigue and thus be more efficient killing machines; a lot of Chinese students who hope to pursue higher education in the U.S. don’t speak enough English to do so; meanwhile, an organization named VIDA was formed to create awareness about gender bias in the literary world and it’s succeeding in making some publishers and reviewers uncomfortable. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



Hammond, Manning, Assange and Obama’s Sledgehammer Against Dissent

One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. While these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who were charged, it is the growing menace of government and corporate secrecy that should be on trial.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


Assange: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond’s Guilty Plea Part of ‘Crackdown’

Julian Assange told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday that the Pentagon and the Obama administration are going after “bright young men, determined, courageous and moral,” like Jeremy Hammond, who pleaded guilty this week to hacking private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


Why Is the IRS Involved in Politics in the First Place?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the IRS scandal misses the point, drones threaten privacy, and the other people in sports still trapped in the closet.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Is the IRS Involved in Politics in the First Place?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the IRS scandal misses the point, drones threaten privacy, and the other people in sports still trapped in the closet.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



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A Call to Action

The Obama administration has passed or made use of a host of laws to infringe our civil liberties, obliterate the balance of power, legitimize a military dictatorship, and control the dissemination of truth in the name of protecting its “secrets.” Soon we will have lost our freedom, not to some foreign nation that hates it, but to our own devices.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweden Framing Assange, British Spy Messages Said to Say

The WikiLeaks founder revealed internal conversations among employees of Britain’s intelligence agency in which agents apparently speculate that he is the target of a “fit-up” by Swedish authorities seeking his extradition on rape charges.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges: The ‘Terrifying’ State Assault on Press Freedom

“We are now in the last moments of an effort to, in essence, effectively extinguish press freedom,” the Truthdig columnist told “Democracy Now!” in a conversation Wednesday about revelations of the Justice Department’s seizure of work, home and cellphone records of up to 100 reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE


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