WikiLeaks – the rise, the backlash, the perilous fate of its Australian founder, Julian Assange – is one of the biggest news stories of the new millennium. WikiLeaks’ revelations have exposed government and corporate collusion on a global scale and revealed major fault lines in the relationship between the press, the political system and the public. The conversations about WikiLeaks and Assange are about so much more than the organisation and the individual behind it: they encompass freedom of speech (and the press), whistleblower protection, government transparency and raise fundamental questions about the underlying tenets of our democracy and civil rights.
After almost 500 days under house arrest, Julian Assange is about to discover whether the UK Supreme Court will allow his extradition to Sweden. Join us for a discussion about the facts of the case – and the role of media and government. Just some of the issues explored will be the responsibilities of the Australian Government and what the war on WikiLeaks represents.
Julian’s mother, Christine Assange, says, ‘When it comes to silencing WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange, it’s not conspiracy theory, it’s conspiracy fact.’
Presented in partnership with WACA - WikiLeaks Australian Citizen’s Alliance.
Lizzie is a Melbourne lawyer specialising in public interest litigation. She has worked with indigent prisoners on death row in the Deep South of the US and at the United Nations in Geneva.
Greg Barns is a barrister and writer. He practices in the areas of criminal law, administrative law and family law and is a member of the Tasmanian, Victorian and WA Bars. Greg is a graduate of Monash University (BA/LLB) and spent over a decade working as a political adviser to a number of state and federal ministers and premiers. He ran the 1999 Republic Referendum campaign and was Chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 2000–02.
Bernard has been Crikey’s correspondent in Canberra since 2008; he writes on politics, media and economics.
Scott Ludlam, an Australian Greens Senator from Western Australia, is the Greens spokesman on such issues as communications, housing, mining and nuclear power.