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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Julian Assange's speech that was censored by the Oxford Union

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In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers. The ceremony was organized by the Oxford Union.

As a result of the video playing in the background and unsuccessful attempts to vet Julian's speech, the Union pulled the live stream from the event and spent two days substituting the US Army massacre footage with their logo. The Union claimed they feared that the US government would take legal action concerning "copyright" of the Apache gun camera footage. Wikileaks advised the Union that by law and practice the US government does not claim copyrights on footage or documents that it produces, the Union still decided to censor the video.

Julian Assange, Wikileaks' Founder messages 2013 We Win to the World - Whistleblower, Oxford Union, United Kingdom
“You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can't lead to a good conclusion.” -Julian Assange

The Collateral Murder in Iraq

Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007 which shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents.

After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths had occurred. Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010 on

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