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A Question For Julian Assange At Hay on Wye.

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Julian Assange will be appearing at the Hay on Wye festival on Saturday 4 June 2011, 2.30pm, Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage.

Apparently, Assange is taking questions at

Rosie has submitted a good one, it deserves an answer. Not sure if Assange will have the guts to reply on this particular topic:

“[To Julian Assange] What is your relationship with Israel Shamir? In a statement to Private Eye Wikileaks said that Israel Shamir has never been an “agent” of Wikileaks, and generally minimises your relationship.

Could you please explain then the recent article on the Swedish anti-fascist site Expo which stated that you had been in contact with him to recommend potential associates in Sweden for analysing the Wikileaks data.

In an interview with Agora Vox you have echoed his own view of himself that he is persecuted like Salman Rushdie and according to a Panorama programme you emailed him, going along with one of his aliases “Adam” and describing his work as “strong and compassionate”.

Do you still hold that view of Shamir and his writing?

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    Martin Bright at JC broke this story yesterday. Today HP picks it up. I’m sorry that I’ve been slow off the mark with the questions at the Hay festival.


    04/06/2011 at 09:17

  2. Sorry – should not have said “broke” – “publicised” is what I meant.

    Do you know anything about this Expo site? I took it at face value but I’ve never heard of them before.


    04/06/2011 at 13:46

  3. As far as I know a reputable bunch of antifascist, if you read their magazine using chrome it will translate the Swedish into English, or any suitable language.


    04/06/2011 at 22:45

  4. There’s this on the Free Belarus Now site. One of the writers there met Julian Assange at the Hay festival and was bowled over by him:-

    “Julian has an incredibly tenacious intellect and unparalleled erudition. Virtually any topic which was raised in the conversation, he was able to maintain and continue. His knowledge of the Belarusian subject was excellent, and the conversation moved quickly from topic to topic as soon as it became clear that our positions were the same. We assessed and discussed the repression and assistance of political prisoners, the actions of European governments and the United States, the information policy in Belarus, Charter’97 site, and the importance of supporting the civil campaign Free Belarus Now! In the end this “exchange of credentials” established an agreement on coordination and mutual support.”

    Nothing seems to have been said about Israel Shamir.


    12/06/2011 at 21:00

  5. Why am I not surprised?


    12/06/2011 at 21:13

  6. No such thing as a free lunch. . .

    “The not-for-profit organisation is offering eight people the chance to dine with founder Julian Assange to raise funds for its work. While Assange is said to often go long periods without eating, he is unlikely to be short of conversation given that he has become one of the most recognisable media figures over the past year and is rarely shy of offering an opinion.

    The places are up for auction on eBay’s UK site and bidding for one place had reached £620 on Wednesday. It says 100% of the final sale price will support WikiLeaks.”

    Can you raise the money so we can buy a place and then ask him about Israel Shamir? Mind you, my food would choke me. . .


    17/06/2011 at 21:30

  7. Rosie,

    Weird eh? I see the bidding is up to £3,000, but from what I heard Wikileaks is stuffed full of money $1,000,000+, but who knows they are very secretive!

    Can’t imagine lunch with Assange would be too nice, he’s said to have poor table manners and doesn’t wash his hands too frequently 🙂

    They seem to be auctioning a set of 8 lunches with him and Žižek… I think it is more about publicity, keeping a profile in the media, not necessarily for the pounds, shillings and pence.


    18/06/2011 at 00:47

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