Where there are secrets and lies, there are organisations such as WikiLeaks to reveal them. And where there are audiences keen to hear Julian Assange’s side of the many stories surrounding himself and WikiLeaks, there is the pride which we at Think Inc. can take in our work to bring this information to the Australian and New Zealand public.
People across Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland poured into their respective venues to hear the perspectives of one of the most revered and reviled personalities of the 21st century. With his unique degree of access to information, Julian Assange opened eyes and minds as he discussed topics such as the Australian government’s support for him (or lack thereof), WikiLeaks’ role in the 2016 American presidential election, the current post-election condition of both the Trump administration and the Democratic National Committee, the dangers of public support for invasive political actions of intelligence agencies, the pernicious effect of identity politics in public and political discourse, the relationship between classism and the power of critique…and he even discussed his embassy cat, which made a surprise guest appearance!
The live feedback we got from social media was encouraging, as always:
From the whole Think Inc. team, thank you once again to everybody that made their way out to the events in their respective cities and showed support for a conversation about the corruption, integrity, accountability and transparency of the institutions to which we give our trust to produce truthful, accurate and honest information.
“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.”
Controversial figure and internet activist, Julian Assange returns to Oz via video link to expose the man (and woman) behind the curtain.
In February 2017, Think Inc. presents No More Secrets, No More Lies: Julian Assange in a rare opportunity for a real time interview and Q&A. From the Embassy of Ecuador in London, Assange will be transported back to Oz via video link, with shows scheduled for Melbourne and Sydney, and live screening from these shows to venues in Brisbane and Auckland.
Champion for truth and transparency or dangerous terrorist? Martyr to political conspiracy or traitor? Courageous exile or “fugitive from justice”? Hero or villain? Whatever he is, Julian Assange is certainly a divisive subject.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Assange has been riling up global governments since founding WikiLeaks in 2006, squirreling out secret dossiers and classified information. This reached a crescendo with the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs. Facing allegations by Swedish authorities and the largest criminal investigation into a publisher in US history, Assange applied to Ecuador for political asylum and has been living in its London embassy since 2012, despite the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding that he has been “arbitrarily detained”. And he isn’t easing off—during the 2016 US presidential election, Assange took aim at Hillary Clinton (who he has called a “liberal war hawk”) with the release of thousands of documents leaked from the Democratic National Committee, garnering him a pro-Trump stigma in social and political circles.
Assange has said of his polemical approach that, “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.”
Join Assange in an evening of intrigue and shocking revelations as he challenges audiences from all political leanings to take serious consideration of journalistic freedoms and the implications of a silenced media.