Assange on journalism

It was “quite an experience”, as La Trobe University emeritus professor Robert Manne commented to the big audience in Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre, following his interview with Julian Assange.

Saturday night at Bendigo Writers Festival was always going to be memorable, once we announced the Wikileaks founder would be speaking to us live from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been in asylum from extradition to the United States for the past six years.

It wasn’t an easy interview: not only was it technically fraught, as we were never sure if the link would be interrupted, but it was also difficult to know how Assange would react to questioning.  Continue reading