A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan
WikiLeaks founder by the now political prisoner might be one of the most well-known whistleblowers of all time. Leaking direct confidential information from all around the world, the documents released showed the corruption in wars and important figures. The self-described journalist/activist did a lot without even stepping foot on any trivial protest. No matter what you think of him, consume the video found below for a second opinion to change your own mind.
- “You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can’t lead to a good conclusion.”
- “Non-conformity is the only real passion worth being ruled by.”
- “The only way to keep a secret is to never have one.”
- “Courage is not the absence of fear. Only fools have no fear. Rather, courage is the intellectual mastery of fear by understanding the true risks and opportunities of the situation and keeping those things in balance”
- “Where they couldn’t pick holes in our arguments they would drive horses and carriages through my character.”
- “The sense of perspective that interaction with multiple cultures gives you I find to be extremely valuable, because it allows you to see the structure of a country with greater clarity, and gives you a sense of mental independence.”
- “Power is a thing of perception. They don’t need to be able to kill you. They just need you to think they are able to kill you”
- “If you take away the state’s monopoly over the means of economic interaction, then you take away one of the three principal ingredients of the state. In the model of the state as a mafia, where the state is a protection racket, the state shakes people down for money in every possible way. Controlling currency flows is important for revenue-raising by the state, but it is also important for simply controlling what people do…”
- “Reality is an aspect of property. It must be seized. And investigative journalism is the noble art of seizing reality back from the powerful.”
- We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter.
- As we’ve gotten more successful, there’s a gap between the speed of our publishing pipeline and the speed of our receiving submissions pipeline. Our pipeline of leaks has been increasing exponentially as our profile rises, and our ability to publish is increasing linearly.
- We have to be careful about applying criminal labels to people until we’re very sure.
- Well, there’s a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there’s a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that’s a really good signal that when the information gets out, there’s a hope of it doing some good.
- Cryptography is the essential building block of independence for organisations on the Internet, just like armies are the essential building blocks of states, because otherwise one state just takes over another
- “Smears don’t have much staying power on their own because they deviate from the foundations of reality (what actually happened). They require constant energy from our opponents to keep going. The truth has a habit of reasserting itself.”
- “Similarly, the universe, our physical universe, has that property that makes it possible for an individual or a group of individuals to reliably, automatically, even without knowing, encipher something, so that all the resources and all the political will of the strongest superpower on earth may not decipher it. And the paths of encipherment between people can mesh together to create regions free from the coercive force of the outer state. Free from mass interception. Free from state control.”
- “Opponents past and present have the same essential weakness about them: first they want to use you, then they want to be you, then they want to snuff you out.”
- “Consistency was a matter of style and values-not where you parked your car.”
- I am an Australian citizen, and I miss my country a great deal.
With a solid background in linguistics, his grammar was inspired by Noam Chomsky himself. Why he is still locked up in prison is anyone’s guess despite various more speculative allegations.