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Sep 17, 2010

Daniel Assange: I never thought WikiLeaks would succeed

When Daniel Assange was 16, his father Julian asked him to be a part of WikiLeaks, the controversial group of Internet freedom fighters that was then in its infancy. Sceptical of the project’s likelihood of success, Daniel said no. He spoke to Crikey intern Nick Johns-Wickberg.

When Daniel Assange was 16, his father Julian asked him to be a part of WikiLeaks, the controversial group of internet freedom fighters that was then in its infancy. Sceptical of the project’s likelihood of success, and not on the best of terms with his father, Daniel said no.

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  1. ninetenthsofthelaw

    Nice scoop.

  2. paddy

    Nice piece Nick J-W.

    Good get Crikey.

  3. Russell White

    What a thoughtful young chap. Good luck to him now that is head is above the parapet.

  4. Liz45

    Today I watched Dateline that I’d recorded last week? re Julian and Wilileaks, and I was impressed. It’s worth watching. I’m not surprised that there’s this charge of sexual assault against him(Julian); in fact, with the US having Presidential permission to assassinate anyone who’s a “threat” to the US, I’m surprised that he’s still with us. I just hope he uses his intelligence to continue to outsmart his ‘enemies’? I hope that father and son are reunited and have a positive relationship sometime in the future. Good luck to them both!

  5. Singer

    *I hope that father and son are reunited and have a positive relationship sometime in the future. Good luck to them both!*

    What a beautiful, positive and constructive comment Liz. You old ducks are ok!.LoL

  6. Aries Dobbs

    As long as Daniel, and Julian are able to proceed as individuals through life, I’m sure that they will have more to discuss as the years go by. They are both very interesting men, and will attract a few seedy characters along the way. It helps when they can pace themselves, and not be disrupted by angry tides.

  7. Elizabeth

    Daniel Assange’s comments should make any father proud of their sons. Daniel seems very matured for his age. Every man makes mistakes in life and we should not hold them accountable or crucified over and over again. Forgiveness is key to a steady and lasting relationship. I hope Daniel and Mr. Assange will continue to stick to each other despite the storms created by accidents in life and I believe there is room to learn for future growth. There is a saysing; “Blood runs thicker than water.”
    Even if it does not, we can make it happen by the word “Love and Forgiveness.”

    Good luck, Daniel! Keep up the good work!

  8. Tess Lawrence

    Onya Nick – congratulations – this is a great scoop – for you – and Crikey – and you will feel the ambiguous love of journalistic kudos in the number of Google hits you both get. All guns are trained on WikiLeaks. The Assanguine Chronicles gets curiouser and curiouser and for each piece of the puzzle that is found – another piece is removed. Now that you’ve interviewed the Son, I’d encourage you to interview the Father – and the two Women concerned. It would make a compelling Quartet and a compelling weekend read.

  9. Liz45

    @SINGER – Thanks, I think! You remind me of when my eldest son was about 12 yrs old, and I was mopping the kitchen floor. As usual the 3 boys always wanted something to eat(desperately?) when I wanted a free go. He made some comment about it being ‘women’s work’ and I chased him out the door and up the street(in the middle of the road??-quiet) with the mop-we both were laughing so much we had to stop – so were some of the neighbours??He’s now a good cleaner, cook, laundry person and a hands on lovely dad – seems like the message got through! He and his next (younger) brother(about 9 & 10 then), picked me up chair and all when I wouldn’t move out of the doorway(just joking). I was ironing and trying to get a breeze???I hope I have a good sense of humour, for an “old duck”???
    Seriously though, I think young people(majority) these days are great! They are articulate and capable and in many cases like Daniel, they’re very mature as well. I’d like to have a cup of coffee and a chat with him.
    @TESS Lawrence – The interview on Dateline is good, and apparently there’s an earlier one as well. Should be able to track them down on the web site. I admire Julian. It’s a shame that what he’s doing is necessary. Maybe people will now realize, that msm just feed us bs all the time. Only when the truth is glaring and can’t be avoided any longer; or some brave person ‘blows the lid’ like the lies over the ‘wars’ and Abu Graib for example, do people question msm! I avoid them wherever possible – can’t stand the crap any more!

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