In February 2017, Think Inc. will be bringing Julian Assange: No more secrets, no more lies to Australian audiences, 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 live shows scheduled for Melbourne and Sydney and shared feeds into Auckland and Brisbane.
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, which shocked the world with the number of civilian deaths and the failure of coalition authorities to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by their troops. Accused of serious crimes by Swedish authorities in what many consider trumped-up charges, Assange applied to Ecuador for political asylum and has been living in its London embassy since 2012, despite the United Nations 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.
The recent controversy surrounding WikiLeaks has become increasingly uncomfortable with accusations of irresponsible info dumping, of colluding with Russian authorities, doxxing Turkish women in the wake of the attempted coup and even anti-Semitism. Media coverage have portrayed him as everything from a sinister double agent for Russian interests, an out of touch zealot, to an embattled martyr for a free media. The conversation about media freedom and privacy is as crucial as ever, impacting personal freedoms and national security. Join the debate at Julian Assange: No more secrets, no more lies.
Julian Assange: No more secrets, no more lies is hosted by Think Inc. Think Inc. is a young, Australian-based initiative dedicated to reinvigorating the thrill of rational discourse in daily conversation. Through engaging events with world-class minds, Think Inc. brings excitement to intellectual fields. Audiences are invited to discuss “smart answers to big questions” alongside the heavyweights, with past speakers including the likes of Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Edward Snowden, Sam Harris, and Dr Michio Kaku.