MADRID – The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, said on Friday that to change the “structures of power” it is no longer enough to “summon the majority,” but we must “fragment and produce internal friction” in power to weaken it and “resistance” must emerge.
Assange was speaking on Friday during a talk held by videoconference with Madrid’s Councilor for Transparency, Citizen Participation and Open Government, Pablo Soto, in the framework of the conference on “Democratic Cities” held at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
The Australian argued that he has a “mixed” view on the power of democracy since, he said, “the elites are the ones who have the power.”
“To change a society it is not enough simply to summon the majority,” Assange argued.
Assange has been subject to extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning concerning an allegation of rape, and he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012.
The journalist is avoiding extradition to the Scandinavian country because he fears being sent afterwards to the United States, where he could face a military trial over the U.S. security secrets he revealed through Wikileaks.
“Change is coming to Europe. Soon you’ll be free. We await you in Madrid,” Pablo Soto said via video to Assange.
Assange showed his gratitude to the city of Madrid for having released a statement demanding his release after a commission of UN experts ruled that his arrest warrant is “arbitrary and illegal.”