Julian Assange: The Push For the War With Iran Is Far From Over

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OxfordUnion·Jan 25, 2013

Julian Assange begins his address by saying that in 2007-08 he was looking at what was happening in Iran. He says that a lot of people did good work, especially Thomas Fingar in:

Trying to correct the movement towards war with Iran based on lies.

He says one of the worst modern deceptions of the western world happened only in 2003 where we went to war with Iraq based on lies where over 100,000 people were killed and millions of Iraqi refugees displaced as a result.

In 2008 WikiLeaks published Iraq’s classified rules of engagement for the US army. In those rules there was a section that permitted a border skirmish to start up that allowed US troops to go into Iran under a variety of circumstances. Because of the leak Iran held a press conference saying that in no way are the US allowed into their territory. After this a second rules of engagement was published omitting the border skirmish. Between 20% and 50% of all wars have started as a result of these border skirmishes. 45 hostile military bases surrounds Iran’s borders, because of this there is a constant fear of being invaded making for a very tense atmosphere in the country.

He makes the point that WikiLeaks is not against intelligence agencies but mentions that corruption within intelligence agencies is born out of secrecy.

Intelligence analysts mustn’t be held responsible to the public through cultural bias but must be responsible to historical record.

He mentions the WikiLeaks movie saying that it’s a mass propaganda attack against the WikiLeaks organisation, also it fans the flames for war on Iran as is demonstrated in the opening scene of the film that is read out by Assange who has the script. The movie shows Iran as having an active nuclear program when intelligence reports have revealed in high confidence that this is not the case.

Filmed on Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Known worldwide as the founder and public face of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange has made headlines across the world by exposing government misconduct. He has championed the principle of freedom of information, yet some have criticised his activities as reckless and dangerous. Under Assange’s leadership, WikiLeaks has published innumerable classified diplomatic cables and played a crucial role in shaping the international political landscape. He is currently living as a fugitive in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

The Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.

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Julian Assange speech that was censored by the Oxford Union

TheWikiLeaksChannel·Feb 1, 2013

In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers. The ceremony was organized by the Oxford Union. As a result of the video playing in the background and unsuccessful attempts to vet Julian’s speech, the Union pulled the live stream from the event and spent two days substituting the US Army massacre footage with their logo. The Union claimed they feared that the US government would take legal action concerning “copyright” of the Apache gun camera footage. Wikileaks advised the Union that by law and practice the US government does not claim copyrights on footage or documents that it produces, the Union still decided to censor the video.

See http://collateralmurder.com/ for more information behind the Collateral Murder event in Baghdad.


Iraq: A Twenty-Two Year Genocide by Felicity Arbuthnot

The Age of the Siege: Sanctions Are An Act Of War by Felicity Arbuthnot

Julian Assange’s Christmas address from the Ecuador embassy in London

Julian Assange: Human Civilization Has Merged With The Internet

IAEA Data on Sensitive Iranian Stockpile Mislead News Media by Gareth Porter

Julian Assange Addresses UN On Human Rights: US Is Trying To Build A ‘Regime Of Secrecy’ + Transcript

The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism by John Pilger

Video allegedly shows US forces killing two reporters and six others By Daniel Tencer (Collateral Murder video)

10 responses to “Julian Assange: The Push For the War With Iran Is Far From Over

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  7. Thank you

  8. I appreciate being able to see this video of Julian Assange addressing these very important issues at the Oxford Union Society. He’s touching on themes that are critical for people to understand in general, how our thinking is culturally determined and how we are manipulated into supporting attacks on other countries and in how we think about most issues in the world today.

    The most important point that he made was that the Internet does make it possible for people of conscious to make sure that the truth gets out, despite the tremendous amount of intelligence gathering that happens as Internet users are tracked and spied upon when messages are sent through servers in the U.S.

    Wikileaks has played a major role in shaping the growing global civil society that we have today because of the Internet. It is a check on the abuses of power that the 1% have been inflicting on all of the rest of us. The movie that was made about Julian Assange and Wikileaks is slanderous. It’s war propaganda, a little more sophisticated than the war movies made in WWII to get Americans to support it, but war propaganda nonetheless, just as all the secret agency movies that dominated Hollywood in 2012 were made to normalize a culture of spying, assassinations, and torture.

    • David Llewellyn Foster

      Thank you, and so very well put. Also, so very disturbing, this degree of blatant complicity from Hollywood.
      But then, some would say the corporate movie racket was an enclave of reactionary fascists, going right back to D.W Griffith’s 1915 “Birth of a Nation” that, to quote Wikipedia was the “first motion picture to be shown at the (Wilson) White House.”

      This is an incredibly important event. I should point out, for anyone mildly confused by what the Oxford Union actually did here, as it is not exactly spelled out above, they delayed the upload of this live feed to the Web, so as to amend the “controversial” background. This in itself is a breathtaking irony.
      The (mostly young) audience at this event however witnessed Julian Assange’s original intention, as can be seen from the audience inter-cuts where the original live screen background is shown.

      “Collateral Murder” is surely the most powerful indictment of a live war atrocity ever made public. The detail is so extraordinary and wrenching, I cannot believe that anyone who has actually seen this with their own eyes could not be moved to condemn what it reveals as an obvious war crime.
      Why then, in our vaunted democratic and judicious West, has there been no enduring outrage, no official government response to this horror show? Or am I just mistaken? Why has the Hague not acted upon this evidence? Why are we so feeble and conflicted? What has happened to us, that we can simply “consume” this like so much insidious pornography? ~ now disgustingly characterized as “drone-porn.”

      I would venture this provisional explanation: I think the truth is that the enormous shift in media realities Julian describes, is such a colossal and irreversible sea-change in the public perception of “normal,” that we have not yet reached a stage where a better informed public is actually free to formulate its own conclusions, based on the unprecedented access to knowledge that diverse Internet platforms now provide. People still want to be told what to think, not figure it out for themselves and be responsible for “owning” their perceptions and thus necessarily accepting the need to act upon them with moral confidence.

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