posted on Nov, 29 2012 @ 08:36 PM
Looks like those who attempt to portray Assange negatively have found their talking point from the interview:
From Huffington, written with clear bias against Assange:
Titled: Erin Burnett Grills Julian Assange:
Why will you not talk about Ecuador?
She moved on to another issue: human rights in Ecuador, the country that has granted him asylum. "When you talk about governments clamping down
on people's right to speak, Ecuador is an unlikely champion of your call for free speech," Burnett said.
He attempted to interject, but she insisted, "Let me finish here for my viewers."
"All governments have their problems," Assange said. "I'm not here to talk about these little things about Ecuador or whatever. Come on, let's be
"Suppressing journalists is not a little thing for someone who says their job is to put out information that the government tries to suppress,"
Burnett shot back. She brought up attempts to stifle free press in Ecuador.
The two engaged in heated cross-talk. "Why will you not talk about Ecuador?" Burnett asked.
"Because Ecuador is insignificant!" he said, referring to his earlier discussion about allegations of mass surveillance by the U.S. "It's people
have been generous to me et cetera, but it's not a significant world player."
The write up focus completely on this one part of the interview, portraying Burnett as a tough no-nonsense hero of journalism. Mass surveillance is
mentioned in passing, as an allegation.
And another, from all places: Ecuador Times- Julian Assange:
Ecuador is insignificant
Assange, to the questions of the interviewer Erin Burnett on alleged violations of freedom of expression in Ecuador made by the government of
Rafael Correa, he replied, “Ecuador is insignificant. It is very important to me, and its people have been very generous with me, but it isn’t a
major global player. ” Burnett, when citing more about the important events taking place in the South American nation, Assange said, “I do not
want to talk about tiny issues about Ecuador.”
Once again, the focus is on a quote taken out of context which makes Assange seem ungrateful.
Here's the response from http://__._/Assange-statement-on-CNN-s-Erinn.html
Today there have been reports misquoting Julian Assange in relation to Ecuador as a result of an exchange with CNN’s Erinn Burnett. To those who
watch the segment the meaning is clear. Those that have drawn attention to the quote have clearly done so with the intention of misrepresenting what
in context was clear in its meaning. Said comment occured within the context of a CNN interview about Mr. Assange’s new book, Cypherpunks. CNN had
agreed to ask Mr. Assange about the topic of the book, namely the abuse of mass surveillance by the United States and other mass surveillance powers.
The CNN interviewer tried to move the debate away from the scrutiny of the abuses of the United States mass surveillance, by attacking Mr. Assange
over Ecuador’s media reform. Since the subject was the abuse of mass surveillance and Ecuador is not known to be an abusive surveillance power, Mr.
Assange said Ecuador’s was "not significant" in this context and the conversation should return to topic.
To avoid any doubt, Mr. Assange stated that Ecuador was personally significant to him and that developments within the region were of general
international significance. The threats to Latin America by US mass surveillance are extreme as nearly all communications between Latin American and
the rest of the world pass through the United States. These and other topics are discussed in Mr. Assange’s book "Cypherpunks" which was published
by OR Books this month. Readers are encouraged to watch the segment, which is available on the internet.
Could it be possible that CNN pressed him about Ecuador in the middle of his mass surveilance lecture on purpose, so that he would make this type of
slip up, and end up losing support from the Ecuadorian embassy?
Which would mean arrest?
And bad news for wikileaks....