Julian Assange and the decade in which journalism went on trial

Julian Assange and the decade in which journalism went on trial

Julian Assange, the founding journalist of WikiLeaks, is one of the most crucial figures in the last few years of the network's history. By organizing him, and collaborating with the most prestigious press organs in the world, Assange has expanded the space of journalism and contributed to rebalancing the balance of power between information and secrecy. Assange did so, with WikiLeaks, providing whistleblowers, the insiders who can provide the press with otherwise secret and inaccessible information, a cybersecurity tool to be able to communicate safely.

In this first installment of Revolutionaries in code , above all we retrace the grueling legal battle in which Assange has been involved for over a decade, one of the events that most explicitly expresses the tensions between information and politics, especially in the United States. The success of WikiLeaks, especially at the beginning of the last decade, remains one of the most explosive moments as regards the radical potential of the network and represented, in various ways, the big bang for other "dangerous dreams" that have manifested themselves over the years. follow

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Listen on Spreaker Listen on Spotify Listen on iHeartradio Listen on Podcast Addict Listen on Podchaser Listen on Deezer All episodes With WikiLeaks, Assange has managed to publish an impressive amount of documents of public interest, contributing to the uncovering of crimes of war and the understanding of fundamental socio-political events of recent years. This has happened, for example, since 2010, with the publication of over 600,000 documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and relating to the diplomatic correspondence of the US embassies. At the same time, in some circumstances, however, he found himself involved in more controversial situations, as in the case of the publication of emails stolen from the US Democratic Party in 2016.

Julian Assange has been deprived of his freedom for over a decade and since 2019 he has been in a London prison, waiting to know the outcome of the extradition request made by the United States, which wants to try him regarding the activities of WikiLeaks. This endless legal case is judged by many as a very serious attack on the freedom of journalism and could have serious repercussions even beyond Julian Assange himself, towards information as a whole. In the United States, where he is also accused of espionage, Assange would face a very long prison sentence.

In the intricate parable that is the legal affair in which Assange has been involved for over a decade, however, we can also find many shocks that have affected the most recent developments in the network and its democratic potential. A story that, even after more than ten years, continues to be current, representative and worrying.

Revolutionaries in code is written by Philip Di Salvo and told together with Federico Ferrazza, while the production is curated by Giulia Rocco and Luca Zorloni. Revolutionaries in code is a podcast that examines, through extraordinary biographies, the future of democracy, a theme at the center of the sportsgaming.win Next Fest in Milan scheduled for 7 and 8 October. His wife and legal advisor Stella Assange will speak at the festival.

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