Monday, 21 November 2011

Assange compares government monitoring with cancer

In an interview with the moral philosopher Peter Singer, Julian
Assange said the mission of Wikileaks. He defended the actions of the
project with the publication of the embassy dispatches, and criticism
at the same time the ever-escalating surveillance efforts by the
authorities. This resembled a "undetected cancer," said Assange.

The interview was conducted for the new German journal "Philosophy
Magazine," whose first edition was published on Wednesday. Assange
stressed that the publication of secret embassy dispatches by
WikiLeaks ("Cable Gate") during the past year have contributed to
overcoming dictatorships in North Africa. They also have the U.S. and
Europe made it difficult, "dictatorial regime to provide assistance
and also to act as if they were the practices of this regime is not
clear."

Singer warned, however: "Any information whose release a clear and
imminent danger means should remain secret." He called for a careful
consideration of how much transparency is desirable, and creating and
maintaining a regulatory framework. "If the release of certain
information could trigger a disaster, they should be banned, even if
they are otherwise the concept of a more transparent democracy, help
us to better government or corruption would bring to light," said the
moral philosopher.

Assange sees it slightly differently. He supports the prevention of
transparency through compulsory measures only when a hazard or damage
had already occurred and could not be detected, indicative of a mere
suspicion. He said in the interview also, by the publications of
WikiLeaks is not one person died.

Assange called WikiLeaks in the conversation as an "attempt to make
everyone the maximum of true information about its environment
available." How successful WikiLeaks and he represents the model of
transparency will eventually receive it, he dares not a prediction,
because the amount of public information is growing less rapidly than
the amount of private information in the hands of authorities, and
information. "The surveillance authorities and have them collaborating
with companies increased and spread out like an undetected cancer,"
the WikiLeaks chief criticized in his usual direct kind

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