National security reporters from the U.S. are a “new type of refugee,” according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who addressed South by Southwest attendees via video conference Saturday.
“Glenn Greenwald, originally from New York, where is he now?” he asked. (Answer: Brazil.) “Laura Poitras ... where is she now?” (Answer: Germany.) Assange himself has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.
His point: Feeling increasingly threatened by their own governments since last year's NSA leaks keeps some journalists from reporting on government surveillance issues — especially those on the receiving end of classified documents — in the first place, and it forces some of those who do into "effective exile." (more...)