Julian Assange discusses his more than 300 days in the Ecuadorean embassy, the U.S. Justice Department spying on journalists and the future of WikiLeaks in a 40 minute interview Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh of Democracy Now,
Julian Assange also discusses the financial blockade on WikiLeaks and why Australians are unhappy with the treatment of WikiLeaks
“Ninety-five percent of WikiLeaks financing was blockaded…those people in Australia who use a Visa card to try and donate into Australia… their economic sovereignty has been removed from them as a result of this interference by Visa, MasterCard, etc.” Said Julian Assange in the Democracy Now interview
“The Australian people are very unhappy to see an Australian organization, an Australian export success story like WikiLeaks, being treated like that.”
Assange detailed the enthusiasm of Australian voters taking a stand to cronyism and corruption in Australian politics “The values of WikiLeaks arose from me and some other Australians who formed this organization. So it is partly a distillation of Australian cultural values, partly a distillation of American cultural values, of medicine and respect for the First Amendment, and understanding that such values are the disciplining force of government…
…that’s why you see an eagerness in the Australian population to elect our people from the WikiLeaks Party into Canberra to go in and clean it out.”
The interview and transcript are available on the Democracy Now website.