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Oct 25 2010

Julian Assange does something totally expected during an interview

Organization devoted to leaking those pesky internal government documents that tend to make governments look bad, manages to score and release 100,000 pages of internal Pentagon documents showing numerous human rights violations and dubious operations that have been carried out by the government in the handling of Iraq War 2: Bush’s Revenge. Government wants to grab the founder for “questioning”, so founder goes on the run. Someone is suspended from the organization for talking to a reporter. Another reporter decides to play the “some people say” card during a career-making interview with the founder, questioning him about how he’s become a lightning rod for criticism, and how maybe he should step aside. Founder asks repeatedly that the interview return to the topic at hand, the release of the Pentagon documents, and drop the personal questions, or he’ll walk. Reporter, oblivious to the fact that setting up such an interview under such conditions is a rarity and not one to be squandered, persists in asking impertinent and unimportant questions.

Let’s watch what happens, shall we?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_0-KUaQl7k

Well, that was, as I said, wholly expected. I’m impressed with Assange’s level of calm despite the obvious attempt to rile him. And by impressed, I mean that’s just fucking badass. Bravo, man.

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  1. 1
    Dan J

    She blew a golden opportunity. I wish more of the interviewers in mainstream media were like Julian: Doing their best to keep people on topic.

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    Hell yeah. I’m imagining an interview by that CNN lady, of Art Robinson of let’s sprinkle radioactive waste over America fame.

  3. 3
    Glendon Mellow

    That was pretty epic. Calling out tabloid journalism and the cult of personality like that.

  4. 4
    sinned34

    When I hit Play, I receive the message, “This video contains content from CNN (Europe), who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    Silly CNN (Europe), this is the internet! There’s no such thing as countries, copyright, or blocking on the internet!

  5. 5
    Jason Thibeault

    Let’s see how long this one stays up.

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