29 Sep - 'The Wikileaks Files' book launch, London

September 29th, 2015.

Although this site is primarily concerned with movie premieres (like "The Martian" - with Damon, Scott, Chastain, Mara, Bean and Daniels.... or "The Intern" - with DeNiro and Hathaway) ... is there any reason why a book launch wouldn't 'count'?  Well... firstly : do the GQ Awards count as Awards? Because I attend those. Secondly, based on prior precedent, yes it does because I went to the 2013 book launch of 'S' - co-written by JJ Abrams.

Anyway, point is : I went to the launch of "The Wikileaks Files" in London. Julian Assange, still in London's Ecuadorian Embassy, was going to be joining us live for an interview... and here's the photos:

Any similarity between the Level 6 'Events' room at Foyles and a secret underground bunker is coincidental ... and highly convenient.

Any similarity between the Level 6 'Events' room at Foyles and a secret underground bunker is coincidental ... and highly convenient.

Julian Assange joins us, and his t-shirt contains a graphic of an empty chair. (The book he's publishing is more direct and less metaphorical).

Julian Assange joins us, and his t-shirt contains a graphic of an empty chair. (The book he's publishing is more direct and less metaphorical).

John Pilger and Richard Gizbert were onsite to introduce and interview, and we in the audience watched Assange speak, all the while wondering whether the US Visitors Visa process was going to be a whole lot more interesting next time we go to America. Because stupidly we didn't think to use fake names when booking tickets for this event..

John Pilger and Richard Gizbert were onsite to introduce and interview, and we in the audience watched Assange speak, all the while wondering whether the US Visitors Visa process was going to be a whole lot more interesting next time we go to America. Because stupidly we didn't think to use fake names when booking tickets for this event..

Assange appears to be holding up well, morale-wise, saying he's certainly kept busy during his 'stay' at the Ecuadorian embassy. Though he added he doesn't get all that much sunshine. (I live in London too, and I can say he hasn't historically missed much of that. But I think I know what he's saying..)

Assange appears to be holding up well, morale-wise, saying he's certainly kept busy during his 'stay' at the Ecuadorian embassy. Though he added he doesn't get all that much sunshine. (I live in London too, and I can say he hasn't historically missed much of that. But I think I know what he's saying..)

I'll leave it to you to theorise which one (or combination of) whether I'm a wikileaks sympathiser, I like reading books, I like photographing events, or I am a closet fan of graphology and really want to analyse Julian Assange's signature are the specific reason(s) for me being at this event.

I'll leave it to you to theorise which one (or combination of) whether I'm a wikileaks sympathiser, I like reading books, I like photographing events, or I am a closet fan of graphology and really want to analyse Julian Assange's signature are the specific reason(s) for me being at this event.

"You! Do you think you live in a democracy?" I'll say one thing : every time Firefox and iTunes change their f**king layout yet again I am reminded how little of what surrounds me is in any way Democratic. And every time I see an election that reduces to 'Moron A vs Moron B' I simultaneously wonder whether that's what being in a Democracy means.

"You! Do you think you live in a democracy?" I'll say one thing : every time Firefox and iTunes change their f**king layout yet again I am reminded how little of what surrounds me is in any way Democratic. And every time I see an election that reduces to 'Moron A vs Moron B' I simultaneously wonder whether that's what being in a Democracy means.

Does photographing a projected image of a webcam count as candid photography, or am I actually paying a lot more attention to what's being spoken about because it's really interesting well-articulated, supported by adequate evidence and still just as scary/worrying/creepy as it was when these documents were first leaked?

Does photographing a projected image of a webcam count as candid photography, or am I actually paying a lot more attention to what's being spoken about because it's really interesting well-articulated, supported by adequate evidence and still just as scary/worrying/creepy as it was when these documents were first leaked?

I can reveal that the word 'sycophantic' was used in relation to one particular government's attitude towards their American overlords. And it wasn't a country in Africa. Or Asia. Or South America. Or the Pacific region. Or... say... Mainland Europe. But then geography was never my strong suit. They might have been talking about Guernsey.

I can reveal that the word 'sycophantic' was used in relation to one particular government's attitude towards their American overlords. And it wasn't a country in Africa. Or Asia. Or South America. Or the Pacific region. Or... say... Mainland Europe. But then geography was never my strong suit. They might have been talking about Guernsey.

John Pilger.

John Pilger.

"Some people have a responsibility". Not everyone, but certainly people in positions of power. Or the people working for them. Or the people reporting on them. Or the people observing it and wondering whether maybe there's a better, or at least not nearly as elitist / one-sided a way of doing things that doesn't involve misusing the word 'freedom' quite so much.

"Some people have a responsibility". Not everyone, but certainly people in positions of power. Or the people working for them. Or the people reporting on them. Or the people observing it and wondering whether maybe there's a better, or at least not nearly as elitist / one-sided a way of doing things that doesn't involve misusing the word 'freedom' quite so much.

"Anyway... hilariously you all had to register online to purchase your tickets to this event, so your anonymity is about as strong as Foyles' loyalty program data". Yeah.... thanks for that, Foyles.

"Anyway... hilariously you all had to register online to purchase your tickets to this event, so your anonymity is about as strong as Foyles' loyalty program data". Yeah.... thanks for that, Foyles.

I bought the book. But then YOU'VE probably bought tickets to see a Transformers or Twilight film back in the day. So you're part of a different problem... that I might have separately contributed to also.

I bought the book. But then YOU'VE probably bought tickets to see a Transformers or Twilight film back in the day. So you're part of a different problem... that I might have separately contributed to also.

... and in defense of my 'for reasons of graphological interest' claim, the letter 'J' in that signature is pretty awesome.

... and in defense of my 'for reasons of graphological interest' claim, the letter 'J' in that signature is pretty awesome.

So... that was that. And the question of whether proceeds from the sale of this book will help Wikileaks fund its work wasn't answered, but then again, I pay more taxes than I buy books so I think my loyalty is going to be hard to fully reckon based on my economic activity. Most of my money seems to go towards whatever countries have the most coffee beans, and whichever hateful conglomerate runs my privatised train line with all the reliability and charm of an African dictatorship...

I'm glad I went, though. If nothing else as a Business Graduate, one of the things I've been programmed as a good little capitalist to hate is monopolies, whether it's in products or culture or information or power. Competition is good - and hegemonic empires seeking to implement one worldview globally for themselves and their closest friends are hardly in the business of ensuring competition.

(Oh, and next time I'm in the USA, I just want the US government to know that while I identify as Australian, I actually travel on an Austrian passport. (To clarify, those are two different countries). So you can't abuse your special friendship with the Land Down Under... instead you'll be up against the (...uh..) might of the Republic of Austria. So be warned).

Peace out.

Until next time.

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