When making a speech at the Sam Adams Award ceremony, an award which is dedicated to whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to use the WikiLeaks Collateral Murder video footage as a background to the video - the video was then censored.
Digital Journal reported on January 24 that Julian Assange had got hold of a copy of the script for the upcoming Hollywood film about WikiLeaks, "The Fifth Estate."
After reading it, he called it "a massive propaganda attack." Assange stated that among the "controversial and history changing leaks" featured in the film is the implication that Iran is working on a nuclear bomb. Assange immediately rejects such a notion and claims that the film “fans the flames to start a war with Iran.”
Reading from the script, Assange said the opening scene was set inside a military complex in Iran with documents containing nuclear symbols. “How does this have anything to do with us?” Assange asked.
The speech was presented at the Sam Adams Award ceremony, discussing the film and the propaganda emanating from it.
At the time, there was no video available to publish with the article. However, now the video of his speech is available for viewing above.
Assange wished to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, hence the background of this controversial video footage.
The award ceremony was organized by the Oxford Union, who wished to both vet Assange's speech and also to remove the footage in the background. The Oxford Union pulled the live stream of the event and reportedly spent two days substituting the US Army massacre footage with their logo.
They claimed that they feared that the US government would take legal action against them concerning the "copyright" of the footage.
However, WikiLeaks has advised the Union that by both law and practice, the US Government does not claim copyrights on documents or footage that it produces. The Union still continued to censor the video.
The censored and edited copy of the video can be viewed here, and basically looks like this:
Julian Assange gives a speech to the Sam Adams Award ceremony - as censored by the Oxford Union.