Filmed by James Sinnamon on 28 July 2022 at the Converge on Canberra Protest for Julian Assange.
Andrew Wilkie was a senior analyst for Australia's top intelligence agency, who resigned because he detected that the invasion of Iraq was based on lies. He resigned about a week before the invasion and went to the media. The personal consequences were death-threats and marriage failure. (https://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-war-and-peace-of-mind/news-story/57952da6306c877222518f8e8fb63752) In this powerful speech he says how he was once approached by Assange, who asked him for ideas about what might be required to set up a safe media for whistleblowers. He then describes visiting the publisher, Assange, in Belmarsh Prison years later, and how changed Assange was. He urges those listening to him to keep the pressure up on the government to intervene on Assange's behalf and stresses that this is of great urgency.