Wikileaks Faces Off with UNESCO

Posted on February 27, 2012


WikiLeaks, an organization of data warriors led by Julian Assange, has a new and unlikely target: UNESCO.

Assange gathered support from online followers to “occupy UNESCO” in response to not being invited to an Unesco media conference in Paris. The website, created to bash UNESCO, conveys the notion of “outrage” of WikiLeaks being allegedly banned from the two-day event, “The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World.”

One of the main speakers was Assange’s lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson, who intensely defended the website with a 15-minute speech.  UNESCO asserted that WikiLeaks was more than welcome to attend the conference, but they were not going to allow the organization to take the main stage. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson explained, “”In the response that we got from UNESCO, it stated that it is about journalism and not about WikiLeaks, but we disagree. We claim that we are a part of the journalistic group.”

Read the full article WikiLeaks takes aim at an unlikely new victim: UNESCO.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.