WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange awarded Australian peace prize

The Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange a peace award for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights”.

The not-for-profit organisation, which is associated with the University of Sydney and supported by the City of Sydney, hailed Assange for “challenging centuries-old practices of government secrecy and by championing people’s right to know”.

WikiLeaks, responsible for enraging the US with its its ceaseless whistle blowing, was responsible for “a watershed in journalism and in freedom of information and potentially in politics”.

The ceremony could have caused considerable embarrassment for the Australian government had it not been the subject of the Foundation’s contempt for shoring up Washington’s attempts to “behave like a totalitarian state”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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