„True words are not pleasant, pleasant words are not true“ (Lao Tse)
Julian Assange in The Rolling Stone Interview:
I haven’t had a lifelong campaign against authority. Legitimate authority is important. All human systems require authority, but authority must be granted as a result of the informed consent of the governed.
Presently, the consent, if there is any, is not informed, and therefore it’s not legitimate.
To communicate knowledge, we must protect people’s privacy – and so I have been, for 20 years, developing systems and policy and ideals to protect people’s rights to communicate privately without government interference, without government surveillance.
The right to communicate without government surveillance is important, because surveillance is another form of censorship.
When people are frightened that what they are saying may be overheard by a power that has the ability to lock people up, then they adjust what they’re saying.
They start to self-censor.