A few words at the end to all those who've helped.
This started a few weeks ago when one of the WLC reporters suggested doing something for Julian's birthday. The idea took off by itself.
We had many more ambitions but this is what we got.
We'd like to thank all those who contributed both via mail and with #JA41.
Now a word about inspiration.
We didn't know what to expect but your letters and tweets moved us. We really liked what we saw. It wasn't work to put this all together - it was a labour of love.
We're all very tired now. We've all worked overtime. And now we shall sink into dreamland and hope there's good food on the table in Knightsbridge this evening.
Thank you to all.
- The WLC Team
I'm delighted that people are enjoying the Geek song and Great Aunt Sophie's midsummer spell.
My publicist Emma asked Aunt Sophie to share with you the letter she had written to her MP. Sophie was happy to oblige.
Julian Assange celebrates his 41st birthday Tuesday 3 July 2012. The celebration may be at 3 Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge, or in a Swedish remand prison, or in the custody of the United States, or in Ecuador. But we want him to know, wherever he'll be, how much we all appreciate what he's done for us. Send your birthday greets to Julian at email@example.com - or with the Twitter tag #JA41.
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There is no greater gift than the opening of one's eyes, and that is precisely what Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have given to me. As a U.S. citizen and military veteran, I cannot fully express how important this has been in my life.
It is not easy to change someone, but I can say I became a very different person upon discovery of WikiLeaks. I was changed from someone with a rather nihilistic point of view on the world to someone increasingly interested in current events and the well-being of others. My interest in WikiLeaks quickly grew to the North African revolutions, the Occupy movement, privacy laws, due process, and so much more.
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A couple of weeks ago, travelling south toward Perth under foreboding grey skies with a good wingman of mine, conversation turned to WikiLeaks, and in particular Julian Assange.
"The thing I am worried about", my wingman explained, "is how can I trust WikiLeaks to filter information?"
"Assange has become the new gatekeeper!"
It was, I thought, a very good question.
I didn't have an immediate answer to it. Some matters require a bit of thought and, though I tried to waggle my tongue around it, it is only in hindsight that the answer has properly articulated itself.
After a debate with a colleague about WikiLeaks, I was told "Assange stole our Graham".
Assange didn't steal me, nor did he steal a host of others who stand firm on their belief systems of truth, justice, and holding governments to account. I happen to have a moral compass that aligns with those people, who would also seem to share my beliefs: that the state can be wrong, that the state can commit crimes, that the state can lie and get away with it and that laws do not necessarily serve to protect their people but incriminate them, and that such laws should be changed.
I'm one of four people currently running WLC. We took over about four months ago. Several members of the current team were in at the beginning and helped launch WLC. That was back on 17 November 2010. Going on two years ago.
There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then, through all of the year 2010 when our lives and our world were turned topsy-turvy.
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