Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, recently discussed the controversial topic of “fake news” and how WikiLeaks’ approach to data-dumps have prevented them from becoming “weaponized text.”
According to an article published by CNET, Assange appeared via video-link in an interview with Australian comedian Chas Licciardello in Sydney, Australia this week.
Assange discussed during the conversation the topic of “fake news” and how WikiLeaks’ does not produce editorial content, rather publishing pure data, though it may have been illegally obtained, to the public, which allows them to publish content without a biased-driven narrative.
“What is special about WikiLeaks is that it’s not just another damn story,” said Assange,
“it’s not just another damn journalist putting their damn byline, advertising themselves and their position on another damn story.”
“You’re not reading pre-weaponised knowledge,” Assange said. “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponised text that is designed to affect a person just like you… I think that is the real beauty of WikiLeaks… it is that sea of information, that treasure, that intellectual treasure, that rebel library of Alexandria you can go into.”
“When the narrative of fake news came out and was then taken off effectively by the neo-liberal press and pushed around… I could see exactly where that was going,” Assange said. “I was rather happy about it.”
“WikiLeaks is very happy that there is a narrative about fake news out there because we have a perfect record of having never got it wrong in terms of authentications,” he said. “The real value in WikiLeaks is it is a wonderful library that you can trust… But the library has to be marketed.”
“And so the scandal-generation business, which we’re also in — I view that as a kind of marketing effort for what is much more substantial, which is our archive,” Assange said. “We try and maximize the value of the information to readers.”
“So that’s publishing it at the moment when they most want to read it, when they most want to know what it contains,” he said. “And that’s definitely before an election rather than after election.”
“We had lots of critics in the Democratic Party, liars in the Democratic Party… saying that what we published was not accurate — trying to imitate it, sometimes saying it directly,” he said. “And of course we could mathematically prove that they were liars. And it’s not every day that you can mathematically prove that your critics are full of it.”
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)