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Assange says NSA reporters 'new kind of political refugee'

Washington , Sun, 09 Mar 2014 ANI

Washington, March 9 (ANI): Addressing thousands of audience during a teleconference interview at South by Southwest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that Americans in exile were fast emerging as new age National security reporters.

Assange said that National security reporters were a new kind of political refugee, adding that it was the first time they were faced with an extremely powerful opponent without an effective public relations strategy.

According to Cnet, Assange said that over the last few years, the Internet had been co-opted by the US National Security Agency, the Pentagon, and other government organizations in what could amount to the most aggressive form of state surveillance ever created.

However, Assange asserted that while the Pentagon had that strategy of trotting out soldiers wrapped in flags trying to demonstrate bravery, the NSA didn't have that strategy, adding that critics such as himself and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got lucky, because they ended up with an opponent that didn't have a PR strategy.

Assange further said that he was able to exist in a situation which was every national security reporter's dream - to live in a land without police, adding that it was a no man's land, as far as coercion is concerned. (ANI)

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