WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke to a forum at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Queensland Friday.
In his speech he said ‘This generation is burning the mass media to the ground’.
Julian Assange Founded WikiLeaks to advocate for open governments and inspire regime change around the world.
He has been the winner of several awards for bringing to light injustices by governments around the world for committing a wide variety of atrocties against their own citizens.
His most prolific release to date on the whistleblower website was the 2010 diplomatic cable leaks.
Here are the transcripts of a video clip of the speech which is attached to this page.
When I was 12, my family and I lived in Bryon Bay. Some days I would try to climb up to the lighthouse.
Earth would overhang the seacliffs and sometimes a pebble would shift or a gull would cry and I would wonder if I was standing on the overhang.
Later I would look back and see that, in fact, there had been nothing between me and the waters below.
At any given moment I could not see where I was. I could only see where I had been and wanted to go. Only with perspective could I understand.
We are all like that. We all laugh at the dorky fashions from 10 years ago, but we think we’re totally cool now.
Well, we are — but in a more important way.
We are becoming the agents of perspective. This generation is burning the mass media to the ground.