Assange & Peace Prize
May 11, 2011 by staff
Assange & Peace Prize, Wikileaks was founded by Julian Assange Wednesday received the highest award of the Sydney Peace Foundation’s “exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights”, joining the likes of Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.
Assange, a former Australian computer hacker who is fighting extradition from Britain to Spain for alleged sex crimes, was praised and awarded with the gold of Sydney Peace Prize Medal.
Although the foundation only three people in his history of 14 years award the Peace Prize annually has been awarded the gold award for valor in the pursuit of human rights – the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and the leader Japanese Buddhist Daisaku Ikeda.
The foundation paid tribute to the determination Assange to seek greater transparency and accountability of governments around the world, having defied the “centuries of secret practices of government.”
“By defending the right of people to be informed, and Julian Assange WikiLeaks have created the potential for a new order in journalism and the free flow of information,” said foundation director Stuart Rees.
Assange is the founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published thousands of cables in which U.S. diplomats give their views often candid world leaders to Washington’s acute embarrassment.
Has also been leaked a number of secret documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Assange, who was arrested in London at the request of Sweden, in December, remains on bail pending his July challenge the decision by a British court for his extradition on charges of sexual assault.
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