Saturday, January 15 …· 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location Sydney Town Hall
We will be marching to the US Consulate general and then to Hyde Park. Organised by the Support Wikileaks Coalition (Sydney).
Antony Loewenstein – Independent journalist and author
David Shoebridge – NSW Greens
Wendy Bacon – Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism
Speaker from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Speaker from the Australian Pirate Party
Speaker from the NSW Council for Civil Liberties
ABC presenter Philip Adams was asked to speak but is unable to appear. He has sent this statement:
First right-wing bloggers called for Assange’s assasination. Now voices in Washinton want ‘the death penality on the table’ if they can get him into a US court…..I’m proposing we put him up sainthood – but after Wikileaks leaks on the Vatican that may be out of the question….
Thirteen years ago we decided that Late Night Live (heard around Australia and the world) needed a ‘cyber-space’ correspondent to tell us what was going on in that parallel universe. So the well-informed Suellete Dreyfus came on board as a regular commentator. That year she introduced me to a young hacker called, yes, Julian Assange – a leading member of what she described as ‘the underground’.
Now, that’s a term with very proud associations – particularly with those in France who bravely fought the Nazi occupiers – and the seemed a bit of a stretch between blowing up railway tracks and hacking into computers.. Nonetheless even I could see the potential of this new era of subversion – to fight the mighty powers and monoliths in politics, finance, media and even religion.
So when Julian contacted me a few years back – to outline his ideas for Wikileaks – I was delighted to join his advisory board. As I’ve been pointing out to the CIA (and others in the spook trade) while Julian hasn’t been asking me for advice I’m happy to maintain my unswerving support for what he and Wikileaks have done to embarrass our masters. The big game has been changed forever – the mighty will always be looking over their shoulders and find it harder to lie. Or atleast find new ways to do it. Democracy is being democratised, tyrannies exposed and millions who’ve been fed bullshit for generations are now able to confirm their suspicions. Any attempt to hand over Assange to the US – or any other country seeking to silence Wikileaks. – must be resisted. Australian governmental attacks on Wikileaks? A disgrace…. congratulations to the organizers of this event, Phillip Adams AO,