WikiLeaks and Assange may not be the same people, but they are the same business, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday.
Speaking to Politico, Assange said that WikiLeaks is the “source for the news,” and that “if you’re a journalist or a writer, you’re really just a part of the source, and it’s not really you that you’re interested in.”
But Assange didn’t go as far as to call WikiLeaks a news source, as it was often reported in the press that WikiLeaks was a news organization.
Instead, Assange suggested that WikiLeaks has a very different role in the news media landscape, saying that he wants to be able to talk to people who are not just journalists, but also “part of the community.”
“What we want is to have a community, a group of people who want to be part of journalism, and who are interested in the future of journalism,” Assange said.
“The idea is to get them to want to do the job.”
As for what Assange and his allies hope to achieve by publishing the thousands of classified documents and emails that he says he received from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Assange’s vision of a new “political and intellectual” journalism has not changed.
“WikiLeaks is not the source for the press,” Assange wrote.
“Its the community that produces the press.”