Julian Assange: ‘When You Read a Newspaper Article, You Are Reading Weaponized Text’
Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 21, 2017
“Nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” – Thomas Jefferson, former President, in a letter to John Norvell, 14 June 1807.
“What is special about WikiLeaks is that it’s not just another damn story,” said Assange, “it’s not just another damn journalist putting their damn byline, advertising themselves and their position on another damn story.”
“You’re not reading pre-weaponised knowledge,” Assange said in discussing WikiLeaks vast database of information. “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponised text that is designed to affect a person just like you… I think that is the real beauty of WikiLeaks… it is that sea of information, that treasure, that intellectual treasure, that rebel library of Alexandria you can go into.”
Fake News is not a new idea. Even without phrases like “weaponized text” Jefferson makes his point elegantly.