Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6.15pm-7.45pm
at The Wheeler Centre and wheelercentre.com Booked out
On Julian Assange’s 1199th day inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, join us for this live streamed conversation on the short, extraordinary history of WikiLeaks.
Founded by Assange in 2006, WikiLeaks came to international prominence in 2010 with the release of more than 250,000 top-secret cables leaked from the US State Department. The results of this were far-reaching indeed, exposing human rights violations and covert operations. WikiLeaks and Assange have never been far from the spotlight in the intervening years, hitting the headlines again and again, especially with regards to Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance disclosures and Assange’s ongoing legal battles.
To coincide with the release of a definitive new book on the State Department cables, The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire, Assange will discuss the historical significance of that release and what the cables reveal about the United States as a 21st century superpower.
Join Julian Assange, host Phillip Adams and the Wheeler Centre – either live or online via wheelercentre.com – for a riveting discussion on secrets, surveillance, imperialism and justice.
Julian Assange is the face of WikiLeaks, the headline-making publishing organisation famous around the world for releasing secret information from corrupt governments, unaccountable corporations, occupying militaries and secretive international trade deals.
Founder, philosopher, CEO, editor-in-chief and original financier, Assange’s name is synonymous with the WikiLeaks project, and both have made an enduring impact during the organisation’s ten year publishing history.
In a series of high profile journalistic publications over the last five years, Assange has forced transparency and accountability on some of the key institutions of US power, from the Pentagon to the US State Department. WikiLeaks’ work has enriched the historical record and become a key resource for hundreds of thousands of investigative journalists in every country in the world. In spite of a severe and ongoing retaliatory effort by the US Justice Department WikiLeaks continues to publish, in 2015 exposing secret international trade treaties and illicit surveillance conducted against France and Germany by the US National Security Agency.
Phillip Adams is a prolific and sometimes controversial broadcaster, writer and film-maker. As presenter of Late Night Live for 25 years he has interviewed many thousands of the world’s most influential thinkers – from archaeologists to zoologists.