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Assange to take part in RT panel on security & surveillance today (Thursday 10 Dec 2015)

Australian freedom fighter and political refugee, Julian Assange, will take part in a discussion dedicated to information privacy and security in the digital age, organized as part of an RT conference on media and politics. Watch conference live.The WikiLeaks founder will tune in from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He has been shamefully abandoned by the Australian government. (Introduction to this article which was republished from the RT site was by a editor).

This article first published at on 9 Dec, 2015 13:06.

Image: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. © Luke MacGregor / Reuters

Julian Assange will take part in a discussion dedicated to information privacy and security in the digital age, organized as part of an RT conference on media and politics. The WikiLeaks founder will tune in on Thursday from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The session, titled 'Security or Surveillance: Can the right to privacy and effective anti-terror security coexist in the digital age?' will also be attended by former counter-terrorism specialist and CIA military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi, whistleblower and former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon, noted CIA whistleblower Raymond McGovern, and historian, author, and strategic analyst Gregory Copley.

The discussion will be moderated by Thom Hartmann, host of RT America's political discussion program 'The Big Picture.'

Assange will be speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed up for over three years after being granted asylum in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations. From Sweden, the WikiLeaks founder fears he would be extradited to the US for publishing classified US military and diplomat documents in 2010 – a move which amounted to the largest information leak in United States history.

The panel discussion is part of an RT conference titled 'Information, messages, politics: The shape-shifting powers of today's world.' The meeting aims to bring together politicians, foreign policy experts, and media executives from across the globe.

Discussions on a wide variety of international issues will take place, including Middle East security, Russia's role on the world stage, and the role of the media in today's world.

The conference will be held at Moscow's historic Metropol Hotel on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of RT's first news broadcast. To find out more, visit the official website of the conference.


Today I tried to connect to my gmail via TOR browser. After I was asked to verify via a mobile phone I decided it was too much bother, so disconnected and reconnected to the web via Firefox. I logged into gmail, but then I took the dog for a walk. When I came back, there was a message asking me to change my password because gmail deemed that something suspicious was happening. There was absolutely no way of communicating with gmail to say that nothing suspicious was happening. All 'no reply' emails. Initially I tried to just go ahead and change the password to the same password. That did not work, of course. So I modified the very convenient password. When I opened my gmail with the new password, I was informed that someone else knew my password. Once again it was a 'no reply' message. Gmail offers itself no ability to learn from direct feedback. An infuriating absence of science.

I don't download gmail to my main computer. I used to use a laptop to do so, but one day, gmail decided that the laptop was not me. Since then I have not been able to download to the laptop. The procedure for reestablishing the laptop is so arcane that I cannot be bothered initiating it. I also can no longer open the stored emails on my laptop, due to some modification gmail appears to have made to my offline access.

For all its 'security', gmail has made my life very insecure and unprivate. It knows all my business and reflects this in irritating advertisements. I no longer communicate anything of importance via gmail. What was once convenient and a benefit of civilisation has become burdensome and irritating. It also decides which computers I may use and obviously bases its judgements on identification procedures which are invisible to me and which I cannot affect.

I also no longer like Firefox. It uses massive amounts of power and constantly tries to con me into having it memorise my passwords, even for the bank. It harbours suspect software and it often won't work properly with adobe. I wish, besides that, that adobe were not the software of choice for website news.

I have to wipe my browser memory constantly.

The so-called 'free market' is the antithesis of competitive. I would write more but I spend too much time on the internet anyhow.

Well, actually, g-mail got back to me and asked me if I could account for that 'suspicious activity', thus giving me the opportunity to say, 'yes'.

[Editor: We have published this because many people use gmail and all our readers are creatures of the internet.]