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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 06:08 PM
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"Screwing People Over To Make A Buck:" Assange Statement On Publication Of 'Autobiography'
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Julian Assange: Statement on the Unauthorised, Secret Publishing of the Julian Assange autobiography by

Julian Assange Press Statement on the Unauthorised "Autobiography": Thursday 22nd September 2011, 0100

I have learned today through an article in The Independent that my publisher, Canongate, has secretly distributed an unauthorised 70,000 word first draft of what was going to be my autobiography. According to The Independent, Canongate enacted a huge security operation to secretly ship books out to thousands of stores nationwide without tipping anyone off as to the content of the book. It will be in the bookshops tomorrow.

I am not the writer of this book. I own the copyright of the manuscript, which was written by Andrew OHagan. By publishing this draft against my wishes Canongate has acted in breach of contract, in breach of confidence, in breach of my creative rights and in breach of personal assurances. The US publisher, Knopf, withdrew from the deal when it learned of Canongates intentions to publish without my consent. This book was meant to be about my lifes struggle for justice through access to knowledge. It has turned into something else. The events surrounding its unauthorised publication by Canongate are not about freedom of information they are about old-fashioned opportunism and duplicityscrewing people over to make a buck.

On 20 December 2010, three days after being released from prison and while under house arrest, I signed a contract with Canongate and US publisher Knopf. In it I agreed to authorise a 100,000-150,000 word book - part memoir, part manifesto - in order to fund legal defences and to contribute towards WikiLeaks operating costs. On the 7th of December 2010 Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Western Union folded to US pressure by arbitrarily and unlawfully cutting WikiLeaks off of its financial lifeline. The blockade continues. The European Commission is due to issue its first findings in October. My legal defence fund was similarly targeted and closed.

The draft is published under the title "Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography" - a contradiction in terms. It is a narrative and literary interpretation of a conversation between the writer and me. Although I admire Mr. OHagans writing, this draft was a work in progress. It is entirely uncorrected or fact-checked by me. The entire book was to be heavily modified, extended and revised, in particular, to take into account the privacy of the individuals mentioned in the book. I have a close friendship with Andrew OHagan and he stands by me.

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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 06:51 PM
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1. "Screwing People Over To Make A Buck"...
Well, he would know.

Sid
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 10:36 PM
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4. Yes, he's incredibly wealthy.
:eyes:
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:10 PM
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16. He's already claimed copyright on all his collected leaks. Personal possession.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:20 PM
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20. Really? Do you have a link for that?
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 07:28 PM
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2. *zero* sympathy
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 10:36 PM
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5. Why not?
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 07:37 PM
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3. Oh, irony.
:rofl:
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 10:36 PM
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6. Not really.
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 10:53 PM
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7. Yeah, really.
Mr. "I divulge secrets other people want to keep" is pissed that someone is divulging his secrets against his will? That's sort of the definition of irony.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 12:37 PM
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8. Except that context and the nature of the "secrets" is different.
So not really.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 12:39 PM
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9. It's only wrong when they do it. n/t
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 12:44 PM
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10. No. It's not the same thing.
Breaking a contract to make money is not the same thing as whistleblowing and Julian Assange is not a government.
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 12:59 PM
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13. If a contract was broken he would have sued in a heartbeat. Bullshit on that one.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 12:48 PM
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11. Humans have a right to privacy. Governments do not.
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 12:58 PM
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12. And what of all the un-redacted innocent names and quotes Assange personally "published"?
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 02:47 PM
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14. Which ones? Please cite innocent names.
Edited on Fri Sep-23-11 02:48 PM by Luminous Animal
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:09 PM
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15. That would be anyone that spoke to a US diplomat in confidence.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:15 PM
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18. Thus, in that capacity, they have no right to secrecy. They do, of course, have
a personal right to privacy.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:18 PM
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19. this is what blows me away. ALL conversation must be public accessible.
that is ridiculously stupid and naive and short sighted. business, personal, adn yes, even govt, conversation must be allowed where it is not for everyones ears.

and for grown adults to not get that, truly amazes me.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:34 PM
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22. Again, government's expectation of secrecy does not trump the public's right to know.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:43 PM
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23. you are really, seriously, saying that no conversation a govt employee ever has should be
anything but publically accessible? really? as i say, blows my mind.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:50 PM
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24. When conducting government business a government employee has to no RIGHT to secrecy.
Edited on Fri Sep-23-11 05:12 PM by Luminous Animal
That same employee does have the right to personal privacy. This is 7th grade civics. The government may argue in court that revealing a secret could cause national harm but flat out claiming a right does not pass judicial muster. It blows my mind that grown adults believe that the government has the RIGHT to keep secrets from we the people.



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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:57 PM
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25. bullshit. deal with any of the cazillion issues in this world not able to speak frankly
because all hear.

that is so outlandishly stupid, beyond amazing.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 05:32 PM
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26. Governments should do due diligence to protect their secrets but they do not hold
a carte blanche right to keep them hidden... thus, the Pentagon Papers.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 05:37 PM
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27. did anyone say a carte blanche right. i am arguing the carte blanche right to know ALL
Edited on Fri Sep-23-11 05:39 PM by seabeyond
things anyone in govt discusses. which is what bradley manning did stealing 250k correspondences. and assauge is doing putting out. even fuckin personal shit that he now opposes with self. hypocrisy
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 05:53 PM
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30. Actually, the public's right to know is well established by many court cases over the years once
the information escapes government control. Every single one of the "cables" is a government communication. The fact that they may have contained personal gossip does not negate the fact that they are government property; i.e., our property. It is not ours or Wikileaks responsibility to exclude personal gossip from being entered into official government documents. That you can't understand the difference between a government communication and a personal one is mind-boggling.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:26 PM
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35. of course, they have absolutely no responsibility in theft. nt
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 05:44 PM
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28. Please don't join the character assassination campaign against a true progressive, Julian Assange.

You should read his statement before attempting a comment on it.

Because clearly your post has absolutely nothing to do with the issues he raised in his statement.

Nothing at all .... beyond a cheap personal attack.

Now please don't join the character assassination campaign against a true progressive. Leave that kind of smear job up to the right-wingers. Don't just accept and echo their propaganda.

Thanks.
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:11 PM
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17. The shoe has taken up residence on the opposing foot.
Suck on it, rapist.
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:22 PM
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21. Wow, without benefit of a trial even? "Suck on it, rapist"....how progressive...
... :puke:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:14 PM
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 05:51 PM
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29. Since you labeled a true progressive a "rapist" I have to put you on ignore.

True progressives don't engage in such low level personal attacks and character assassination campaigns against one of our own.

Progressives believe a person is innocent until proven guilty and reject the notion that someone must prove they are innocent of government charges.

I'm sorry you're not a supporter of those basic concepts of justice.

Bye.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:07 PM
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nomb Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:10 PM
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32. Anyone remember when Assange published Steve Jobs medical file and said he had HIV?
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:11 PM
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33. Wait. Someone took his autobiography and published it w/o his permission?
I'm sorry, but that IS kind of funny.
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