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Stella Assange, the wife of Julian Assange, the founder of the secret document publisher WikiLeaks, who has been incarcerated in a London prison since 2019, took the stage at Bitcoin Amsterdam event today in a keynote presentation titled “Free Assange”. She described the parallels between Bitcoin as an unauthorized form of value transaction and WikiLeaks’ mission to disseminate important information to the public, pointing out that Julian’s fight for freedom was a war. should resonate with Bitcoin adopters.
“I was thinking about how to talk about freeing Julian here, and Julian told me he explained Bitcoin to me in 2011,” Stella Assange began, adding that Julian had been isolated. detained last weekend after testing positive for COVID-19. “He explained the technology behind it, but he also gave me a general understanding of what Bitcoin means… I think (that explanation) is also a way to understand this kind of parallelism. WikiLeaks and Bitcoin, and the future of Bitcoin and that is tied to what is being done with Julian. “
Stella goes on to recount the most notorious publications from WikiLeaks, including “Spy files“And records relating to the US prison at Guantanamo Bay since 2011. She has outlined Julian and the publishing platform’s role in driving the Occupy Wall Street movement and says that Julian calls Bitcoin the “real Occupy Wall Street”. In 2013, WikiLeaks helped former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclose mass surveillance information, with Snowden himself continues to advocate Bitcoin as a tool of freedom.
She highlighted the ground-breaking changes WikiLeaks has brought to journalism in the internet age through its ability to protect anonymous online sources and quick decisions to publish large amounts of information. and free.
“In that sense, Bitcoin and Bitcoin technology are trying to fight censorship in a very similar way to how WikiLeaks has resisted censorship using cryptography,” she explained. “(Julian) is an incredible pioneer and has changed the way journalism works. And he did it because Julian is of course a Cypherpunk, he’s a cryptographer and he understands that the major newsrooms don’t know how to protect their sources while they’re active on the internet. “
Stella also outlined the role Bitcoin has supported WikiLeaks when centralized financial institutions tried to stop it after the release of the main document in 2011.
“Actually overnight, PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, they just shut down WikiLeaks from 97% of its revenue (donations through the platforms),” she recalls. “And how was it done? It was done completely outside of the law. It was a phone call from some senator in the US to these companies, and they just turned it off.”
She added that, by allowing freedom of information, Bitcoin is one of the emerging tools that can guard against the erosion of information freedom in the digital age.
“Bitcoin Breaks Orwell’s Dictator,” Who Controls the Present, Controls the Past. And he’s the one who controls the past, controls the future,” she said.
Finally, in a plea to support Julian’s ongoing legal battle, Stella argued that the US was relying on vague and outdated language from The Espionage Act of 1917 to pursue a sentence of 175 years, he was extradited there. She suggests that those who challenge the same authority with a permissionless monetary system like Bitcoin could one day face the same fate.
“What is being done with Julian is not a legitimate use of the legal system,” she said. “It is bending the rules, it is corrupting the rules to keep him there and, in doing so, it is corrupting the entire system… Anyone who challenges the hegemonic order with change It’s all the opposite of that.”