Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has criticized the National Security Agency and has hinted at future leaks in a Skype interview held at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Assange, who is currently residing in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, did not give any details at all about what may be included in these ‘future leaks’. The whistleblower also attacked the U.S. president’s administration for its feeble response to the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden.
“We know what happens when the government is serious…someone is fired, someone is forced to resign, someone is prosecuted, an investigation (is launched), a budget is cut. None of that has happened in the last eight months since the Edward Snowden revelations,” He said.
Unfortunately the Skype interview was beset with various glitches on the technical front (not a good advert for Skype). The connection often crumbled and at one point, Assange asked the audience if they could raise their hands if they could actually hear him. Embarrassingly, at another point in the interview Benjamin Palmer, who was conducting it, had to text Assange his questions!
Assange also noted that the Internet has become more politically dynamic, “The internet, about four years ago, was a politically apathetic space,” he said, “but whenever you start to engage in any space, you run into state powers, you run into the deep state.”
The theme of privacy was prominent at the year’s SXSW conference, no doubt in the wake of the 2013 NSA leaks. In addition to the interview with Assange, Edward Snowden and national security journalist Glenn Greenwald were also being interviewed for the conference.
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