WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange will speak at SXSW

Julian Assange in 2013. (AP Photo/ Sunshine Press Productions, File)

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange will speak at South by Southwest’s Interactive Festival via video feed, the Austin-based festival announced Tuesday. Assange joins Glenn Greenwald, who broke the NSA story for The Guardian, on the festival’s roster.

Assange will speak Saturday, March 8, at SXSW in Austin via satellite video, the press release from the festival reported.

The anti-censorship activist will engage in this extremely rare public interview to discuss the pervasive spread of surveillance, advantages and abuses of the digital age, and the future of democracy.


Assange, an Australian journalist, published diplomatic documents leaked by Pvt. Chelsea Manning in 2010. The Ecuadorian Embassy in London granted Assange diplomatic asylum, and he has lived there since 2012. There is currently a European Arrest Warrant out for him.

Note: Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive’s director, is a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board.

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  • Emma_Goldstein

    The best way to understand Assange is to listen to him speak and form your own opinion. The man and the organization have been deliberately misrepresented both in “The Fifth Estate” and in Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets,” which I believe was shown at SXSW last year.