On Saturday, August 14, 2010, Julian Assange held a 75-minute "seminar" with a largely sympathetic audience of journalists, politicians, and public officials in Stockholm, Sweden, in English, in which it was clear how proud many Swedes are to support Wikileaks.  --  Video has been posted by vaken.se, a Swedish network of independent alternative media reporters, and subsequently on YouTube in five parts.  --  Assange was introduced by a Swedish Social Democrat who defended the actions of Wikileaks as upholding international law and "a response to growing difficulties for war correspondents and independent media in a time of war," controversial because it "changes the balance of power" and brings "new ethical problems to the surface."[1]  --  Assange said he felt "some relief" when the Swedith Social Demcratic Party invited him to speak at this time, because of threats from the Pentagon.  --  He began his talk by recalling how in February 2009 Wikileaks had decrypted a NATO document laying out its "master narrative for Afghanistan," giving directions about how to handle the press.  --  Assange noted that this document mandates as official policy the concealment of the participation of Jordan in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, for example.[2]  --  He noted that a Pew Center poll showed that the Afghan War Diary was the most talked-about news story of the week in which they were released and caused an increase in reporting about the war in the U.S. by 300%; he also called attention to a Pew Center poll that indicated that 42% of the U.S. public felt that the Wikileaks release served the public interest, a surprisingly high figure given the public campaign against him.  --  Assange demonstrated how an "expand acronym" function existed to facilitate the reading of the Afghan War Diary documents.  --  He discussed why so little information is coming out from embedded reporters in Afghanistan, who bond with the troops they live with.  --  He talked about how deeply propaganda is compromising the information environment in Afghanistan.[3]  --  Assange concluded his formal presentation by saying that leaks like those from Wikileaks are indispensable to overcoming this systematic distortion of reality by Information Operations.  --  In the subsequent Q&A, Assange discussed ethical dilemmas Wikileaks faces.  --  He said he sees many and potentially conflicting "duties" that apply to Wikileaks, as well as "within those duties, certain constraints."  --  He discussed the problem of handling the publication of individual names in documents.  --  He said he believed the archive of document has a "potential to save lives ]that] outweighs the danger to innocents," and that so far it is still true no one is known to have been injured.  --  Nevertheless, "we really do have to keep things in perspective.  We are dealing with war.  Wars kill people.  Wars kill many, many people, and if this organization is to play its role, then we are forced to take difficult decisions."  --  A member of the Swedish Parliament thanked Assange for what he is doing, and said he hoped he could continue.  --  In the fourth installment, Assange is asked about Sweden's role, and asked:  "Are you really safe in Sweden?"[4]  --  "Well, time will tell," Assange replied, but said that he believed that the "political will" to protect Assange in Sweden is "strong."  --  A Swedish politician asked about the claim that Wikileaks is endangering the troops in Afghanistan.  --  Assange said he believed the leaking of documents has the effect of reducing civilian casualties.  --  Assange said to another questioner that "We see our role as representatives of people who have information to provide to the public. . . . We represent sources . . . to the jury of public opinion."  --  He said that Wikileaks promises to publish information sources submit provided that certain conditions are met; it does not publish according to a political program.  --  The press is ignoring the enormous volume of material that has nothing to do with the military.  --  He said Wikileaks has not, in fact, solicited military leaks, though he did not rule that out in the future.  --  In the fifth installment, Assange said that Wikileaks needed a "diverse funding base" to ensure its independence.[5].  --  He noted that the New York Times did not cover the revelation of an assassination squad in Afghanistan, though it was written up by Eric Schmitt, a Times reporter, and was made the cover story by Der Spiegel; also that the press had information about the unit that it had been prevented from publishing by a censorship order.  --  Assange argued that Wikileaks policy of verifying documents is a "much higher standard" than verifying sources.  --  "To date, we have never been wrong, as far as we know, and no one else alleges that we have."  --  In conclusion, Assange said he was not sure of his relationship to Sweden "how much closer it could be" than it already is....


1.

WIKILEAKS IN STOCKHOLM PART 1/5 - VAKEN.SE


YouTube (vaken.se)
August 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgtOtrFVGPg


WikiLeaks.org Julian Assange giving a talk in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14th 2010.

2.

WIKILEAKS IN STOCKHOLM PART 2/5 - VAKEN.SE


YouTube (vaken.se)
August 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I67ZUM0fmWk


WikiLeaks.org Julian Assange giving a talk in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14th 2010.

3.

WIKILEAKS IN STOCKHOLM PART 2/5 - VAKEN.SE


YouTube (vaken.se)
August 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEVYUcrnENI


WikiLeaks.org Julian Assange giving a talk in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14th 2010.

4.

WIKILEAKS IN STOCKHOLM PART 4/5 - VAKEN.SE


YouTube (vaken.se)
August 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/user/vakenpunktse#p/a/u/1/wcdc7QpfMbM


WikiLeaks.org Julian Assange giving a talk in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14th 2010.

5.  

WIKILEAKS IN STOCKHOLM PART 5/5 - VAKEN.SE


YouTube (vaken.se)
August 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/user/vakenpunktse#p/a/u/1/wcdc7QpfMbM


WikiLeaks.org Julian Assange giving a talk in Stockholm, Sweden, August 14th 2010.