Ad aprile esce il mio libro su WikiLeaks, in cui ho cercato di capire, più che il contenuto delle sue pubblicazioni, che cosa significhi l’esistenza (o meglio, la sopravvivenza) dell’organizzazione per il delicato e mutevole equilibrio tra informazione, internet e potere nel 2011. Ho cercato in tutti i modi di raggiungere Julian Assange, ma non ce l’ho fatta. Ora l’Espresso ha messo in programma una webchat con Assange mercoledì dalle 11.00 del mattino in poi, in cui chiunque può porgli delle domande (in inglese). Io ne avevo che mi ronzavano in testa da mesi. Ecco alcune delle principali.
Do you still believe in what you wrote in your 2006 essay, «Conspiracy as governance», and behave accordingly?
Do you think the US Government is a conspiracy? In other words, using your 2006 definition, is it an authoritarian regime?
In your 2006 writings you seem to consider conspiratorial governments as abusive, something to be annihilated. In your recent interviews, however, you repeated several times that your aim is not to crush institutions, but to reform them so that they can be more accountable and open. What changed your perspective so fundamentally?
You said you are a market libertarian. At the same time, you believe that the market should be more ethical. Isn’t that a contradiction? Don’t you think you need something more than perfect information and competition, through transparency, to bring about fairness?
How can you both claim your are practicing «scientific journalism» and aiming for «maximum political impact»?
Do you think there is or should be no difference between a journalist and an activist?
Your revelations about Afghanistan and Iraq failed to produce the impact you were expecting on both wars. Why? Is it because people often fail to use the information they possess? Or did you simply give them too much information in too short a span of time?
Daniel Domscheit-Berg wrote that you were forced to consider eliminating the names of the informants contained in the 15.000 «threat reports» of the Afghan War Logs by your media partners. He also argues that himself and his colleagues knew of the decision just a few days before the release, and not even from you. Is that true?
When will the submission system be working again?