Julian Assange was interviewed by Erin Burnett on CNN on Thursday. His new book, "Cypherpunks - the Freedom and Future of the Internet" was discussed, along with the case of Bradley Manning and an argument ensued about Internet privacy.
As reported on Digital Journal, Assange has written a 192-page book, together with cypherpunk friends, Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann. The book is based on the transcripts of the talk show recently run by Assange on RT, and also incorporates many ideas that remained behind the scenes. Parts one and two of the Cypherpunks episodes of "The World Tomorrow" can be viewed here and here.
The book was discussed by Burnett and Assange in some detail.
Then Bradley Manning was brought up, with Burnett asking Assange if he felt guilty for what Manning is currently going through as a result of his whistleblowing for WikiLeaks, especially with the "Collateral Murder" video showing the slaughter of civilians and journalists in Iraq by the US military.
Argument then ensued about the reason for the book about Cypherpunks being published, which is the gradual disintegration of privacy on the Internet and the dangers of this.
There were apparently reports circling the Internet after the interview, misquoting Assange in relation to his comments about Ecuador during this exchange. Shortly after the interview was recorded, WikiLeaks posted a statement on their website as follows:
Today there have been reports misquoting Julian Assange in relation to Ecuador as a result of an exchange with CNN’s Erin Burnett. To those who watch the segment the meaning is clear. Those that have drawn attention to the quote have clearly done so with the intention of misrepresenting what in context was clear in its meaning. Said comment occured within the context of a CNN interview about Mr. Assange’s new book, Cypherpunks. CNN had agreed to ask Mr. Assange about the topic of the book, namely the abuse of mass surveillance by the United States and other mass surveillance powers. The CNN interviewer tried to move the debate away from the scrutiny of the abuses of the United States mass surveillance, by attacking Mr. Assange over Ecuador’s media reform. Since the subject was the abuse of mass surveillance and Ecuador is not known to be an abusive surveillance power, Mr. Assange said Ecuador’s was "not significant" in this context and the conversation should return to topic.
To avoid any doubt, Mr. Assange stated that Ecuador was personally significant to him and that developments within the region were of general international significance. The threats to Latin America by US mass surveillance are extreme as nearly all communications between Latin American and the rest of the world pass through the United States. These and other topics are discussed in Mr. Assange’s book "Cypherpunks" which was published by OR Books this month. Readers are encouraged to watch the segment, which is available on the internet.Other recent Assange news:Assange: 'Entire nations intercepted in total web surveillance'Assange 'suffering chronic lung condition' — Ecuador ambassador