Julian Assange


In Russia, there are many vibrant publications, online blogs, and Kremlin critics such as [Alexey] Navalny are part of that spectrum. There are also newspapers like “Novaya Gazeta”, in which different parts of society in Moscow are permitted to critique each other and it is tolerated, generally, because it isn’t a big TV channel that might have a mass popular effect, its audience is educated people in Moscow. So my interpretation is that in Russia there are competitors to WikiLeaks.

– Julian Assange, December, 2016, praising Russia’s “vibrant” press, in which journalists are frequent targets of harassment, intimidation, and assassination, as part of his reasoning for never releasing leaks on Russia