Assange on mass surveillance: ‘You are all screwed!’
YouTube Added: 02.12.2011
The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has begun releasing sensational information on the multi billion dollar global spying industry. The database contains hundreds of documents shining a light on the methods being used by secret services all over the world. Here’s the video of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaking to journalists and students at a press conference at City University London in central London on December 1, 2011. Along with a number of other guest speakers, Mr Assange spoke of the Wikileaks ongoing investigation of surveillance software companies and their alleged use by governments around the world.
– Wikileaks Julian Assange tells iPhone, Blackberry and Gmail users: “You’re all screwed.” (Mirror, Dec. 1, 2011):
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has warned smartphone and email users: “You’re all screwed”.
The whistle-blowing website has released details of companies it says are selling information obtained by monitoring people’s mobile phones and computers.
According to Mr Assange, more than 150 organisations around the world have the ability to use phones as tracking devices as well as intercept messages and listen to calls.
Those companies then sell the wholesale information, often the telecommunications data of “entire populations”.
He told a press conference at City University in London that the publication of the “Spy Files” is a “mass attack on this mass surveillance industry”.
The 40-year-old asked the audience of students and press: “Who here has an iPhone? Who here has a BlackBerry? Who here uses Gmail?
“Well, you’re all screwed.
“The reality is, intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries across the world mass surveillance systems for all those products.”
Mr Assange said this interception, although lawful, is leading towards a “totalitarian surveillance state”.
WikiLeaks is releasing 287 documents today, in conjunction with website spyfiles.org.
Mr Assange said the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada are all developing the “spying systems”, and the information is being sold to “dictators and democracies alike”.
He said: “Today we release over 287 files documenting the reality of the international mass surveillance industry – an industry which now sells equipment to dictators and democracies alike in order to intercept entire populations.”
The Australian national said the surveillance industry has grown over the last 10 years from “a covert, very secretive, small industry” to one involving 160 companies and 25 countries.
“There is an international corporatised mass surveillance industry,” he said.